Our stories

All through the year, we produce a number of stories about our research results and the achievements of our scientists. If you are interested in finding out more about our work, please read on to learn further details about the exciting and innovative work being carried out at the Adolphe Merkle Institute.

Confining light

Understanding an exotic state of affairs

Fixing things

Monitoring the healing process of polymers

Carbon capture

Breathing new life into monitoring devices


Not as simple as making a cup of tea

Come together

Getting a clearer picture of amyloid aggregation

Going meta

Shining  a new light on materials

Crop protection

Reducing pesticide use with nanoparticles

Out of shape

Responsive grippers for soft robotics

Sticky attack

Worm slime provides template for polymeric materials

Human health

Investigating the impact of microplastics

Bond breaking

Making supramolecular polymers tougher

Platinum control

Creating nanoparticles at the right time and the right place

On the surface

Using polymers to build a better battery


Slowing down to improve nanopore measurements


Creating new membranes to separate liquids

New approach

A better understanding of lung tissue repair mechanics

Sunny outlook

New perspectives for more stable perovskite materials

Hole in one 

Developing bigger nanopores to measure molecules


Crystal formation holds clues to fighting disease

On and off

Using light to control nanoreactors