The Institute organizes regular seminars during the autumn and spring semesters of the academic year. Top specialists from around the world are invited to present their research to AMI staff and other interested parties from the University of Fribourg community. These seminars are usually held on Tuesday afternoons at 16:00 (4 p.m.) in the institute auditorium.

Date Speaker Institution Title Place Time
October 14, 2021 Shuran Xu Adolphe Merkle Institute Fast simulation of protein sensing in a nanopore using arbitrary shaped bead clusters AMI 16:00

Contact for seminars

Dr. Ilja Gunkel, Soft Matter Physics - more info and contact details here

Seminar archive

  • 2020-2021
    Date Speaker Institution Title Place Time
    September 9, 2021 Hanna Traeger Adolphe Merkle Institute Non-covalent loop mechanophores for strain sensing Online 16:00
    September 9, 2021 Giovanni Spiaggia Adolphe Merkle Institute A near-infrared mechanically switchable elastomeric film as a dynamic cell culture substrate Online 16:00
    June 24, 2021 Dr Sang Soon Oh Cardiff University, UK Light-matter interaction in photonic topological insulators Online 16:00
    June 17, 2021 Dr. Fabienne Schwab Adolphe Merkle Institute Developing a safe-by-design nanoagrochemical Online 16:00
    June 10, 2021 Dr. Guillaume De Bo University of Manchester, UK Controlling reactivity under tension Online 16:00
    May 6, 2021 Prof. Scott McNeil University of Basel, Switzerland Nanomedicines: now with map and compass Online 16:00
    April 22, 2021 Prof. Bettina V. Lotsch Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart & Department of Chemistry, University of Munich, Germany Bridging energy conversion and storage in two-dimensional molecular frameworks Online 16:00
    April 8, 2021 Dr. Walter Federle University of Cambridge, UK Biomechanics of Insect Adhesion Online 16:00
    April 1, 2021 Prof. Yana Vaynzof Technical University Dresden, Germany Reproducibility in Perovskite Solar Cells Online 15:30
    March 4, 2021 Dr. Luca Porcarelli Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia Single–Ion Conducting Polymer Nanoparticles as Functional Fillers for Solid Electrolytes in Lithium Metal Batteries Online 09:00
    February 11, 2021 Prof. Maria H Godinho University NOVA of Lisbon, Caparica, Portugal Hierarchical cellulose-based chiral structures Online 16:00
    January 28, 2021 Prof. Albert Schenning Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Bio-inspired polymer sensors and actuators Online 16:00
    December 17, 2020 Antonio Günzler Adolphe Merkle Institute Shaping perovskites: In-situ crystallisation mechanism of rapid-thermally annealed, pre-patterned perovskite films Online 16:00
    December 17, 2020 Trevor Kalkus Adolphe Merkle Institute The Green Lean Amine Machine: Generating Electrical Power Using Ion Gradients Established by Capturing CO2 in Breath Online 16:00
    December 10, 2020 Dr. Dafni Moatsou Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Functional and degradable copolymers by harnessing the kinetics of metathesis reactions Online 16:00
    December 3, 2020 Prof. Thomas Epps University of Delaware, United States From Biomass Waste to Performance-Advantaged Polymers: Efficient Routes to Lignin Valorization Online 16:00
    November 26, 2020 Prof. em. Derek Gray McGill University, Canada Preparation and Properties of Cellulose Nanocrystals Online 16:00
    November 20, 2020 Dr. Peter Wick EMPA, St Gallen, Switzerland - SwissNational COVID-19 Science Task Force COVID-19 & face masks: What we know, how they contribute and which are the remaining challenges Online 14:00
    November 19, 2020 Irini Dijkhoff Adolphe Merkle Institute Simulating the impact of diesel exhaust particles in a human in vitro epidermal model AMI/online 16:00
    November 19, 2020 Manuela Estermann Adolphe Merkle Institute Design of a human omentum model to study ovarian cancer cell spreading AMI/online 16:00
    November 5, 2020 Alexandre Redondo Adolphe Merkle Institute Cellulose nanocrystal / polyurethane nanocomposites AMI/online 16:00
    November 5, 2020 Baptiste Monney Adolphe Merkle Institute Photopatternable, mechanically adaptive polymers for intracortical electrodes AMI/online 16:00
    October 29, 2020 Prof. Wanda Kukulski University of Bern, Switzerland The molecular landscape of growing human axons Online 16:00
    October 1, 2020 Prof. Michael P. Shaver University of Manchester, UK Sustainable and Functional Polymers from Monomers to Systems Online 16:00
    September 17, 2020 Dr. Géraldine Guex AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland Functional materials to address scar formation and bacterial infection of skin wounds Online 16:00
  • 2019-2020
    Date Speaker Institution Title Place Time
    September 4, 2019 Prof. Carlos Silva Georgia Institute of Technology, USA The complex dynamic energy landscape hosting excitons in 2D perovskites AMI 16:00
    September 23, 2019 Prof. Sébastien Balme Institut Européen des Membranes, Université de Montpellier, France Biomimetic nanopores for biomacromolecules and protein aggregates sensing AMI 16:00
    October 8, 2019 Dr. Jovana Milic EPFL Supramolecular engineering for hybrid perovskite photovoltaics AMI 16:00
    October 24, 2019 Dr. Dimitri Vanhecke Adolphe Merkle Institute The focused ion beam at the Adolphe Merkle Institute AMI 16:00
    November 7, 2019 Dr. Pierangelo Gröning EMPA, Dübendorf, Switzerland Nanostructured materials: function follows structure AMI 16:00
    November 14,2019 Gogol Guha BioPhysics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Temperature-Controlled Single-Liposome Proton Permeability Assay of Extremophile-Inspired Lipid Membranes AMI 16:00
    November 14, 2019 Lukas Steinmetz BioNanomaterials, Adolphe Merkle Institute Lock-in thermography for the detection and characterisation of nanomaterials AMI 16:00
    November 14, 2019 Narjes Abdollahi Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Silver gyroid metamaterial: synthesis and chemical stability AMI 16:00
    December 12, 2019 Prof. Vinod Saranathan Yale NUS College, Singapore Evolutionary photonics: quasi order and order in biophotonic nanostructures AMI 16:00
    December 18, 2019 Aris Kamtsikakis Polymer Chemistry & Materials, Adolphe Merkle Institute Cuticle-inspired membranes displaying asymmetric permeation properties AMI 16:00
    December 18, 2019 Johannes Bergmann Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Wrinkling as a means to control insect adhesion AMI 16:00
    January 9, 2020 Prof. Jeremy J. Baumberg University of Cambridge, UK Plasmonic Forces at the nano- and pico-scale for NanoMachines AMI 16:00
    January 16, 2020 Dr. Axel Hochstetter Saarland University, Germany Artificial blood brain barriers and the biophysics of life AMI 16:00
    January 29, 2020 Dr. Aziz Fennouri Adolphe Merkle Institute Design of peptide pores with tunable diameters AMI 16:00
    January 30, 2020 Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo University of Münster, Germany Photoresponsive soft materials made by molecular self-assembly AMI 16:00
    February 6, 2020 Prof. Athina Anastasaki ETHZ Pushing ATRP to the limits: controlling dispersity and understanding oxygen tolerant polymerization AMI 16:00
    February 13, 2020 Prof. Katharina Maniura EMPA Soft biomaterial interfaces to steer cell and tissue response AMI 16:00
    February 20, 2020 Prof. Véronique Michaud EPFL Tough and healable structural composite materials AMI 16:00
    February 27, 2020 Livia Bast Adolphe Merkle Institute Plant-leaf mimetic coating of surfaces with waxes and proteins AMI 16:00
  • 2018-2019
    Speaker Institution Title
    Dr. Tom Schroeder BioPhysics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Energy Conversion from Gradients across Bio-Inspired Membranes
    Luis Miguel Olaechea Polymer Chemistry & Materials, Adolphe Merkle Institute Stimuli-responsive metallosupramolecular polymers containing platinum
    Prof. Thomas P. Russell University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab & Beijing University of Chemical Technology 3D printing of adaptive, structured liquids
    Prof. Felix Schacher Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany Charge control in polymeric materials – from reversible adsorption to catalytically active block copolymer membranes
    Prof. Erik Berda University of New Hampshire Functional nanomaterials from single polymer chains
    Prof. Bruno Ehrler AMOLF Beyond solar cell efficiency limits with down conversion and tandem solar cells
    Prof. Claudia Bagni University of Lausanne Gender equality in academia - myth and reality
    Prof. Marleen Kamperman Wageningen University Bioinspired complex coacervate-based adhesives
    Prof. Giulia Rossi University of Genoa Nanoparticle-protein and nanoparticle-lipid interactions: insights from molecular dynamics simulations
    Hana Barasova BioNanomaterials, Adolphe Merkle Institute 3D human lung co-culture model cultured at the air-liquid interface to assess the (pro-)fibrotic potential of carbon nanotubes
    Philipp Lemal BioNanomaterials, Adolphe Merkle Institute Magnetic nanoparticles: a multifunctional approach to modern cancer therapy
    Prof. Kaori Sugihara University of Geneva Can antimicrobial peptides be an antibiotic alternative? Fundamental studies and tool development
    Prof. Iván Mora-Seró Jaume I University, Spain Halide Perovskite Becomes Nano
    Prof. Jean-François Lutz Institut Charles Sadron, University of Strasbourg Digital Polymers: Emergence of a new class of functional macromolecules
    Dr. Guiomar Hernández Uppsala University, Sweden The Role of Polymers in Batteries
    Prof. Melissa A. Grunlan Texas A&M University, College Station Orthopedic Biomaterials Enabled by Network Architecture
    Mathias Weyland ZHAW School of Engineering & Adolphe Merkle Institute Co-evolving model parameter search using cell survival and time-resolved comet data: A holistic view on the synergistic effect of hyperthermia and radiotherapy
    Olivia Eggenberger BioPhysics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Protein Sensing with Lipid-Coated Synthetic Nanopores
    Mirela Malekovic Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Organic/inorganic vapour sensors inspired by nature
    Prof. Craig Brodersen Yale University (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) A multi-method approach for studying leaf optics and the effect of diffuse vs. direct light on photosynthesis
    Dr Andreas Bruder Laboratory of Applied Microbiology, SUPSI, Bellinzona Anthropogenic impacts on the ecological roles of aquatic hyphomycetes
    Prof. Stefan Salentinig Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg Food- and Digestion-Inspired Nano-Biointerfaces for Drug Delivery
    Prof. Nitash Balsara University of California, Berkeley, USA Ohm’s Law for Polymer Electrolytes and the Clean Energy Landscape
    Prof. Pol Besenius Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany Transient Supramolecular Materials Mediated by Redox-Responsive Subunits
    Samuel Raccio Macromolecular Chemistry, Adolphe Merkle Institute Polymerization-based amplification as a tool for malaria diagnostics
    Cédric Kilchoer Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Block copolymer-based plasmonic materials
    Prof. Gerd Schröder-Turk Murdoch University, Perth, Australia What makes for a 'good' disorder: a simple mechanism that leads to hyperuniform order
    Prof. Anja Palmans Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands Folded amphiphilic polymers in aqueous media: towards enzyme-like catalysis
    Prof. Stuart Rowan Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, IL, USA Design and Synthesis of Adaptive Polymeric Materials and Unusual Polymer Architectures
    Prof. Ulrich Wiesner Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, NY, USA Block copolymer directed organic-inorganic hybrid materials: From Polycrystalline Samples to Bulk Single Crystal
  • 2017-2018
    Speaker Institution Title
    Dr. Andreas Herrmann Firmenich SA, Switzerland Photolabile Profragrances - from Organic Chemistry to Material Sciences
    Prof. Cordt Zollfrank Technical University of Munich, Straubing, Germany Biotemplating as a route to advanced structural and functional materials
    Dominic Urban Adolphe Merkle Institute Taylor dispersion analysis. Expanding the characterization techniques of nanoparticles
    Federica Crippa Adolphe Merkle Institute Magneto-responsive substrates for cell culture
    Prof. Jan Eijkel University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands Nanofluidics for nanomachining, energy generation and cavitation
    Dr. Florian Johann Oxford Instruments, Asylum Research AFMs Video-rate AFM enables new research opportunities
    Prof. Andreas Walther Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany Static and dynamic bio-inspired self-assembled material systems
    Dr. Claire Hansell Nature, London, UK Publishing science in Nature - an editor's perspective
    Prof. Mélanie Auffan CEREGE – European Geosciences Center, Aix-en-Provence, France Indoor mesocosms: an integrated approach to assess the environmental risks of nanomaterials
    Ana Milosevic Adolphe Merkle Institute Functionalized gold nanoparticles and their cellular fate
    David Bossert Adolphe Merkle Institute Quantification of Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticles Leaching from Wood
    Prof. Emily Cranston McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada Cellulose nanocrystal hydrogels and aerogels for functional nanoparticle devices and tissue engineering
    Prof. Evelyne van Ruymbeke Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Decoding the viscoelastic response of supramolecular entangled polymers
    Prof. Alan Russell Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Polymer-Enhanced Biomacromolecular Systems
    Omar Rifaie Graham Adolphe Merkle Institute Marine glow biomimicry by nucleobase-containing force responsive polymersome nanoreactors
    Karolina Korzeb Adolphe Merkle Institute Controlled self-assembly of block copolymer templates for optical metamaterials
    Marc Karman Adolphe Merkle Institute Mechanically triggered fluorescence change in polymers
    Dr. Erik Thiele DuPont Performance Materials, Geneva, Switzerland R&D in a global science company: How things work
    Prof. David Haviland KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Measuring and modeling viscoelasticity with the AFM
    Prof. Gary E. Wnek Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA Observations Regarding Poly(acrylic acid) Gels and Fibers
    Prof. Jon K. Pokorski Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA Protein/Polymer Composites for Medical Applications
    Preston Sutton Adolphe Merkle Institute 3 questions about batteries including why my cell phone’s is so bad
    Céline Calvino Carneiro Adolphe Merkle Institute Towards mechanochromic materials based on non-covalent interactions
    Anne-Cécile Ferahian Adolphe Merkle Institute Structure-property studies of isophthalic acid-pyridine (ipa-py) based supramolecular polymers
    Edward Apebende Adolphe Merkle Institute Synthesis and characterization of force-responsive block copolymers
    Dr Peter Nirmalraj Adolphe Merkle Institute Challenges and opportunities in molecular imaging at the liquid-solid interface
    Prof. Damien Thompson University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland Nanoscale computer-aided design of supramolecular materials
    Sandy Sanchez Alonso Adolphe Merkle Institute Flash infrared annealing for perovskite solar cells
    Sebastian Ulrich Adolphe Merkle Institute Functionalized amphiphilic polymer co-networks from active ester precursors
    Prof. Michael Nash University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland Engineering multi-enzyme complexes using single-cell and single-molecule studies
    Prof. Anders Hagfeldt EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland The versatility of mesoscopic solar cells
    Prof. Serena Corr University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK Microwave-assisted synthesis of new materials for safer, all solid-state batteries
    Prof. Emily Pentzer Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA Functional composite materials architected from 2d nanoparticle surfactants
    Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA Bio-inspired metal-coordination crosslinking: Easy access to broad dynamics when engineering polymer gel mechanics
    Dr Bruno Ehrler AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Beyond solar cell efficiency limits with down conversion and tandem solar cells
    Prof. Jochen Feldmann Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany Metal halide perovskite nanocrystals: 2D materials and supercrystals
    Laura Neumann Adolphe Merkle Institute Metallosupramolecular polymers – investigations at multiple length scales
    Daniel Hauser Adolphe Merkle Institute Polydopamine/transferrin hybrid nanoparticles for targeted cell killing
    Worarin Meesorn Adolphe Merkle Institute Cellulose nanocrystal-based bioinspired composite with mechanical adaptive properties
    Prof. Clemens Bechinger University of Konstanz, Germany Orientation & Communication of Synthetic Microswimmers
    Prof. Herbert Waite University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA Long-term mussel adhesion depends on intricate extracellular redox control