The Adolphe Merkle Institute

The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) is a leading independent nanoscience competence center at the University of Fribourg that focuses on interdisciplinary research (polymers, physics, biology, biophysics, and materials) and education in the domain of soft nanomaterials. Find out more about us here.


A better model to understand ovarian cancer

Researchers from the Adolphe Merkle Institute's BioNanomaterials group and other institutions have developed a multicellular 3D human omentum model to study the formation of ovarian and peritoneal cancer.…

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A robotic worm for tight spaces

Researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute and Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) have developed a soft, worm-like robot that can wriggle itself through spaces that are considerably smaller…

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Researchers call for better nanowaste management

Waste containing nanomaterials - or nanowaste - is an emerging safety concern worldwide, requiring environmentally sound management and regulation that still need to be established. Researchers at the…

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BioPhysics (Mayer)
Former groups
Soft Matter Physics (Steiner)
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials