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International Conference on Micro and Nanomachines

  • 25 August 2017

The 2017 International conference on micro- and nanomachines will be held in Wuhan, China, from the 25-28 August and will be co-chaired by Peer Fischer

Peer Fischer

Steinhofer lecture

  • 02 August 2017

Peer Fischer, head of the Research Group "Micro-, Nano- and Molecular Systems" at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart, was awarded with a Steinhofer lecture 2017 of the University of Freiburg "for his fundamental work in the field of targeted 3D-production of artificial nanostructures and their application in biomedicine". Professor Fischer gave his lecture on "How to Teach Nanoparticles and Enzymes to Swim".

Peer Fischer

Faculty position

  • 01 August 2017

Congrats and good luck to Dr. Vijay Chikkadi who will start his own group this summer as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education Research (IISER) Pune.

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Max Planck PhD student receives his second award from Materials Research Societies

  • 13 July 2017

Hyeon-Ho Jeong, PhD student in the Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems Research Group headed by Peer Fischer at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart is the recipient of the graduate student award combined with a grant of 450 Euro from the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS). He received the award at the Spring Meeting 2017 in Strasbourg, France.

Jeong Hyeon-Ho Peer Fischer

Cover Article

  • 12 June 2017

Back Cover

Our paper "Nanodiamonds that Swim" is the Back-cover article for Advanced Materials, 12 June 2017, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201500016

JiKae Kim Udit Choudhury Jeong Hyeon-Ho Peer Fischer

Special issue

  • 02 May 2017

Stefano Palagi, Tian Qiu and Peer Fischer are editing a special issue in the journal Micromachines on “Locomotion at Small Scales: From Biology to Artificial Systems”

Stefano Palagi Tian Qiu Peer Fischer

New drive for tiny vessels

  • 14 February 2017

Miniaturized robots can be propelled through biological fluids by an enzymatic reaction or ultrasound

Nanorobots and other mini-vehicles might be able to perform important services in medicine one day – for example, by conducting remotely-controlled operations or transporting pharmaceutical agents to a desired location in the body. However, to date it has been hard to steer such micro- and nanoswimmers accurately through biological fluids such as blood, synovial fluid or the inside of the eyeball. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart are now presenting two new approaches for constructing propulsion systems for tiny floating bodies. In the case of one motor, the propulsion is generated by bubbles which are caused to oscillate by ultrasound. With the other, a current caused by the product of an enzymatic reaction propels a nanoswimmer.

Peer Fischer Sámuel Sánchez

Our research in Der Spiegel und Die Zeit

  • 12 January 2017

Our nanorobots are the topic of a special report on robots in the newspaper Die Zeit and Der Spiegel has previously covered our research, also highlights our work in its 2017 March 11 issue.

Kai Melde Andrew Mark Tian Qiu Tung Chun Lee Peer Fischer

Peer Fischer wins World Technology Award 2016

  • 20 December 2016

Dr. Peer Fischer, head of the Micro- Nano- and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, has received the World Technology Award 2016. Professor Fischer was selected among 32 nominees and then among six finalists in the category “Information Technology – Hardware” that recognizes achievements in the field of IT hardware, including such significant subcategories as manufacturing and robotics.

Peer Fischer

Holograms with sound

  • 21 September 2016

A new way of shaping sound waves in 3D aids technology and could be useful for medical ultrasound applications

Sound can now be structured in three dimensions. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Stuttgart have found a way of generating acoustic holograms, which could improve ultrasound diagnostics and material testing. The holograms can also be used to move and manipulate particles.

Peer Fischer Kai Melde Andrew Mark