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 4 p.m. (16:00) in the institute auditorium.

Date Speaker Institution Title Place Time
September 10, 2018 Dr. Tom Schroeder BioPhysics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Energy Conversion from Gradients across Bio-Inspired Membranes AMI 16:00
September 18, 2018 Luis Miguel Olaechea Polymer Chemistry & Materials, Adolphe Merkle Institute Stimuli-responsive metallosupramolecular polymers containing platinum AMI 16:00
September 25, 2018 Prof. Thomas P. Russell University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab & Beijing University of Chemical Technology 3D printing of adaptive, structured liquids AMI 16:00
October 2, 2018 Prof. Felix Schacher Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany Charge control in polymeric materials – from reversible adsorption to catalytically active block copolymer membranes AMI 16:00
October 9, 2018 Prof. Erik Berda University of New Hampshire Functional nanomaterials from single polymer chains AMI 16:00
October 16, 2018 Prof. Bruno Ehrler AMOLF Beyond solar cell efficiency limits with down conversion and tandem solar cells AMI 16:00
October 23, 2018 Prof. Claudia Bagni University of Lausanne Gender equality in academia - myth and reality AMI 16:00
November 19, 2018 Prof. Marleen Kamperman Wageningen University Bioinspired complex coacervate-based adhesives AMI 16:00
November 29, 2018 Prof. Giulia Rossi University of Genoa Nanoparticle-protein and nanoparticle-lipid interactions: insights from molecular dynamics simulations AMI 11:00
December 11, 2018 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 AMI 16:00
December 11, 2018 Philipp Lemal BioNanomaterials, Adolphe Merkle Institute Magnetic nanoparticles: a multifunctional approach to modern cancer therapy AMI 16:00
December 13, 2018 Prof. Kaori Sugihara University of Geneva Can antimicrobial peptides be an antibiotic alternative? Fundamental studies and tool development AMI 11:00
January 8, 2019 Prof. Iván Mora-Seró Jaume I University, Spain Halide Perovskite Becomes Nano AMI 16:00
January 15, 2019 Prof. Jean-François Lutz Institut Charles Sadron, University of Strasbourg Digital Polymers: Emergence of a new class of functional macromolecules AMI 16:00
January 19, 2019 Dr. Guiomar Hernández Uppsala University, Sweden The Role of Polymers in Batteries AMI 11:00
February 19, 2019 Prof. Melissa A. Grunlan Texas A&M University, College Station Orthopedic Biomaterials Enabled by Network Architecture AMI 16:00
March 7, 2019 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 AMI 16:00
March 14, 2019 Olivia Eggenberger BioPhysics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Protein Sensing with Lipid-Coated Synthetic Nanopores AMI 16:00
March 14, 2019 Mirela Malekovic Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Organic/inorganic vapour sensors inspired by nature AMI 16:00
March 18, 2019 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 AMI 11:30
April 18,2019 Dr Andreas Bruder Laboratory of Applied Microbiology, SUPSI, Bellinzona Anthropogenic impacts on the ecological roles of aquatic hyphomycetes AMI 16:00
June 6, 2019 Prof. Stefan Salentinig Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg Food- and Digestion-Inspired Nano-Biointerfaces for Drug Delivery AMI 16:00
June 7, 2019 Prof. Nitash Balsara University of California, Berkeley, USA Ohm’s Law for Polymer Electrolytes and the Clean Energy Landscape AMI 15:00
June 17, 2019 Prof. Pol Besenius Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany Transient Supramolecular Materials Mediated by Redox-Responsive Subunits AMI 16:00
June 27, 2019 Samuel Raccio Macromolecular Chemistry, Adolphe Merkle Institute Polymerization-based amplification as a tool for malaria diagnostics AMI 16:00
June 27, 2019 Cédric Kilchoer Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute Block copolymer-based plasmonic materials AMI 16:00
July 9, 2019 Prof. Gerd Schröder-Turk Murdoch University, Perth, Australia What makes for a 'good' disorder: a simple mechanism that leads to hyperuniform order AMI 16:00
July 11, 2019 Prof. Anja Palmans Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands Folded amphiphilic polymers in aqueous media: towards enzyme-like catalysis AMI 10:00
  • 2017-2018
    Date Speaker Institution Title Place Time
    September 26, 2017 Dr. Andreas Herrmann Firmenich SA, Switzerland Photolabile Profragrances - from Organic Chemistry to Material Sciences AMI 16:00
    October 10, 2017 Prof. Cordt Zollfrank Technical University of Munich, Straubing, Germany Biotemplating as a route to advanced structural and functional materials AMI 16:00
    October 17, 2017 Dominic Urban Adolphe Merkle Institute Taylor dispersion analysis. Expanding the characterization techniques of nanoparticles AMI 16:00
    October 17, 2017 Federica Crippa Adolphe Merkle Institute Magneto-responsive substrates for cell culture AMI 16:00
    October 31, 2017 Prof. Jan Eijkel University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands Nanofluidics for nanomachining, energy generation and cavitation AMI 16:00
    November 7, 2017 Dr. Florian Johann Oxford Instruments, Asylum Research AFMs Video-rate AFM enables new research opportunities AMI 11:00
    November 7, 2017 Prof. Andreas Walther Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany Static and dynamic bio-inspired self-assembled material systems AMI 16:00
    November 21, 2017 Dr. Claire Hansell Nature, London, UK Publishing science in Nature - an editor's perspective AMI 16:00
    November 28, 2017 Prof. Mélanie Auffan CEREGE – European Geosciences Center, Aix-en-Provence, France Indoor mesocosms: an integrated approach to assess the environmental risks of nanomaterials AMI 16:00
    November 30, 2017 Ana Milosevic Adolphe Merkle Institute Functionalized gold nanoparticles and their cellular fate AMI 16:00
    November 30, 2017 David Bossert Adolphe Merkle Institute Quantification of Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticles Leaching from Wood AMI 16:00
    December 5, 2017 Prof. Emily Cranston McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada Cellulose nanocrystal hydrogels and aerogels for functional nanoparticle devices and tissue engineering AMI 16:00
    December 19, 2017 Prof. Evelyne van Ruymbeke Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Decoding the viscoelastic response of supramolecular entangled polymers AMI 16:00
    January 9, 2018 Prof. Alan Russell Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Polymer-Enhanced Biomacromolecular Systems AMI 16:00
    January 11, 2018 Omar Rifaie Graham Adolphe Merkle Institute Marine glow biomimicry by nucleobase-containing force responsive polymersome nanoreactors AMI 16:00
    January 16, 2018 Karolina Korzeb Adolphe Merkle Institute Controlled self-assembly of block copolymer templates for optical metamaterials AMI 16:00
    January 16, 2018 Marc Karman Adolphe Merkle Institute Mechanically triggered fluorescence change in polymers AMI 16:00
    January 23, 2018 Dr. Erik Thiele DuPont Performance Materials, Geneva, Switzerland R&D in a global science company: How things work AMI 16:00
    January 30, 2018 Prof. David Haviland KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Measuring and modeling viscoelasticity with the AFM AMI 16:00
    February 1, 2018 Prof. Gary E. Wnek Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA Observations Regarding Poly(acrylic acid) Gels and Fibers AMI 16:00
    February 5, 2018 Prof. Jon K. Pokorski Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA Protein/Polymer Composites for Medical Applications AMI 16:00
    February 6, 2018 Preston Sutton Adolphe Merkle Institute 3 questions about batteries including why my cell phone’s is so bad AMI 16:00
    February 6, 2018 Céline Calvino Carneiro Adolphe Merkle Institute Towards mechanochromic materials based on non-covalent interactions AMI 16:00
    March 13, 2018 Anne-Cécile Ferahian Adolphe Merkle Institute Structure-property studies of isophthalic acid-pyridine (ipa-py) based supramolecular polymers AMI 16:00
    March 13, 2018 Edward Apebende Adolphe Merkle Institute Synthesis and characterization of force-responsive block copolymers AMI 16:00
    March 20, 2018 Dr Peter Nirmalraj Adolphe Merkle Institute Challenges and opportunities in molecular imaging at the liquid-solid interface AMI 16:00
    April 3, 2018 Prof. Damien Thompson University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland Nanoscale computer-aided design of supramolecular materials AMI 16:00
    April 17, 2018 Sandy Sanchez Alonso Adolphe Merkle Institute Flash infrared annealing for perovskite solar cells AMI 16:00
    April 17, 2018 Sebastian Ulrich Adolphe Merkle Institute Functionalized amphiphilic polymer co-networks from active ester precursors AMI 16:00
    April 24, 2018 Prof. Michael Nash University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland Engineering multi-enzyme complexes using single-cell and single-molecule studies AMI 16:00
    May 1, 2018 Prof. Anders Hagfeldt EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland The versatility of mesoscopic solar cells AMI 16:00
    May 15, 2018 Prof. Serena Corr University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK Microwave-assisted synthesis of new materials for safer, all solid-state batteries AMI 16:00
    May 22, 2018 Prof. Emily Pentzer Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA Functional composite materials architected from 2d nanoparticle surfactants AMI 16:00
    May 29, 2018 Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA Bio-inspired metal-coordination crosslinking: Easy access to broad dynamics when engineering polymer gel mechanics AMI 16:00
    June 5, 2018 Dr Bruno Ehrler AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Beyond solar cell efficiency limits with down conversion and tandem solar cells AMI 11:00
    June 5, 2018 Prof. Jochen Feldmann Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany Metal halide perovskite nanocrystals: 2D materials and supercrystals AMI 16:00
    June 12, 2018 Laura Neumann Adolphe Merkle Institute Metallosupramolecular polymers – investigations at multiple length scales AMI 16:00
    June 12, 2018 Daniel Hauser Adolphe Merkle Institute Polydopamine/transferrin hybrid nanoparticles for targeted cell killing AMI 16:00
    June 12, 2018 Worarin Meesorn Adolphe Merkle Institute Cellulose nanocrystal-based bioinspired composite with mechanical adaptive properties AMI 16:00
    June 26, 2018 Prof. Clemens Bechinger University of Konstanz, Germany Orientation & Communication of Synthetic Microswimmers AMI 16:00
    June 29, 2018 Prof. Herbert Waite University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA Long-term mussel adhesion depends on intricate extracellular redox control AMI 11:00