In order to realize systems that self-assemble, actively move, and mimic the complex intelligent functions and behaviors of biological systems, an interdisciplinary research effort is required. We combine research on the physics and chemistry at small scales with micro- and nano-systems engineering to develop new active systems that move, sense and learn. Part of our group pursues potential biomedical applications in collaboration with our lab at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. We are also involved in a number of start-up activities.

On the following pages some of our current research interests are described: