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Congratulations Eisenberger scholarship

  • 12 May 2015

Dr. med. Fabian Adams is awarded a Ferdinand-Eisenberger fellowship. The scholarships frees Dr. Adams from his clinical duties (University Clinic, Univ. of Freiburg) so that he can devote the next 12 months to research here at the Micro Nano and Molecular Systems lab.

Fabian Adams


  • 10 May 2015

Dr Jerome Roche leaves the group to start as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toulouse (May, 2015).

Jerome Roche

Our work in the news, on TV, radio, etc.

  • 05 December 2014

Our work on realizing a microscallop and nanopropellers that can move through biological tissue is in the news. Our group appears on TV, radio, in newspapers, and on multiple news sites. (December 2014).

Tian Qiu Tung Chun Lee Andrew Mark Peer Fischer

Tiny vehicles for medical applications

  • 07 November 2014

Micro- and nano-swimmers can be propelled through media similar to bodily fluids

Micro- or even nano-robots could someday perform medical tasks in the human body. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have now taken a first step towards this goal. They have succeeded in constructing swimming bodies that simultaneously meet two requirements: they are small enough to be used in bodily fluids or even individual cells, and they are able to navigate through complex biological fluids.

Peer Fischer Tian Qiu Andrew Mark Debora Schamel John Gibbs


  • 01 August 2014

Tung-Chun (John) Lee will leave the group and move to a faculty position at University College London, where he will start his own group in the Center for Materials Discovery. (August 2014)

Tung Chun Lee


  • 01 July 2014

We welcome three new postdocs to the group: Piotr Garbacz, Jérome Roche, and Dhruv Singh.

Piotr Garbacz Jerome Roche Dhruv Pratap Singh

Smallest Chemical Nanomotor and Smallest Nanopropeller published

  • 22 June 2014

We have published a paper about synthetic chemical nanomotors with an overall size (30 nm) that is comparable to that of some enzymes (Nano Lett., 2014, 14 (5), pp 2407–2412), as well as nanopropellers that are small enough to navigate complex biological networks (diameter of 70 nm), yet can be fully controlled (ACS Nano, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/nn502360t).

Tung Chun Lee John Gibbs Andrew Mark Mariana Alarcon-Correa Debora Schamel Cornelia Miksch Peer Fischer

Featured Cover Article

  • 09 June 2014

Our paper "Nanopropellers and Their Actuation in Complex Viscoelastic Media“ is the cover article for ACS Nano 8, 8794–8801, (2014). In addition the ACS Nano September 2014 podcast features our work. News sites and blogs report our work as "world’s smallest propeller“. (September 2014) Image by Alejandro Posada Boada.

Debora Schamel Andrew Mark John Gibbs Cornelia Miksch Alejandro Posada Peer Fischer

Cover Article

  • 21 May 2014

Our paper “Shape control in wafer-based aperiodic 3D nanostructures” is the cover article for Nanotechnology 25 doi:10.1088/0957-4484/25/23/235302. (June, 2014).

Jeong Hyeon-Ho Andrew Mark John Gibbs Peer Fischer


  • 01 May 2014

John Gibbs will leave the group and move to a faculty position in Arizona where he will start his own group as a Prof in Physics; Marcel Pfeifer passed his Ph.D. exam – congratulations to both. Welcome to Prof. J.P. Singh from IIT Delhi who is a sabbatical visitor. (May, 2014).

John Gibbs