The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the Faculty of Science and Medicine at the University of Fribourg devoted to fundamental and application-oriented research and teaching in the domain of soft nanomaterials. AMI’s researchers are organized in four permanent and two junior research groups with complementary expertise:
- Polymer Chemistry and Materials
- Soft Matter Physics
- Smart Energy Materials
- Mechanoresponsive Materials
These research groups are at the core of the institute. Researchers account for about 90% of the employees. The research group leaders are full professors at the University of Fribourg's faculty of science and contribute to teaching at the Master’s level with a reduced teaching load. The institute is led by an executive director and the executive board, which report to the Institute Council.
Besides lean administration and support services, a major emphasis is put on creating a stimulating environment for innovation through an industry liaison and technology transfer office for partners from academia and industry. Professional support in EU project proposal writing guarantees an efficient participation in European research programs. A communications officer additionally takes care of public affairs and ensures that external stakeholders are made aware of our research and innovations.