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A boost for biofuel cells

  • 30 August 2018

In chemistry, a reaction is spontaneous when it does not need the addition of an external energy input. How much energy is released in a reaction is dictated by the laws of thermodynamics. In the case of the spontaneous reactions that occur in the human body this is often not enough to power medical implants. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, together with an international team of researchers, found a way to boost the energy output by storing and bundling the energy of many spontaneous enzyme reactions. The work is published in the journal Nature Communications and shows how abundant, simple enzyme reactions can be used to power energy-hungry reactions and electronic devices.

Peer Fischer Linda Behringer


Vector Foundation 2018 MINT-Innovation Grant

  • 03 July 2018

Congratulations to Mariana Alarcón-Correa and Vincent M. Kadiri

Mariana Alarcon-Correa Vincent Mauricio Kadiri


Best of luck – start at IIT Pisa

  • 16 May 2018

Dr. Stefano Palagi moves back to Italy and joins the Bioinspired Soft Robotics research team at the IIT and the Center for Micro-BioRobotics in Pisa. Best of luck and lots of success!

Stefano Palagi Peer Fischer


Peer Fischer receives ERC Advanced Grant

  • 20 April 2018

The head of the Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart receives 2.5 Mio Euro from the European Research Council (ERC), which funds cutting-edge research in all disciplines.

Peer Fischer Linda Behringer


Best of luck - Move to Cambridge

  • 02 March 2018

Dr. Hyeon-Ho Jeong starts his Postdoc at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. We wish him lots of success. 

Jeong Hyeon-Ho Peer Fischer


Best of luck - Start at Caltech

  • 14 February 2018

Humboldt Fellow Dr. Zhiguang Wu leaves the group for Caltech and we wish him lots of success. He has already located the case that holds the micromotor that won Richard Feynman’s famous challenge.

Zhiguang Wu Peer Fischer


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.

Chikkadi kudleppa


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