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Welcome to the Center for NanoScience

The Center for NanoScience (CeNS) was founded in 1998 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich. The mission of CeNS is to promote and coordinate interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscience in the Munich area. CeNS is an association of junior and senior scientists from basic research and industry and is conceived as a network, joining people from various institutions (LMU, TU Munich, University of Augsburg and others).

A grassroots movement exploring the nanoworld

CeNS consolidates research activities at the nanometer scale from the areas of physics, biophysics, chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine. The network promotes the mutual understanding and collaboration between researchers from these different disciplines by joint seminars, workshops, and schools which are organized by CeNS. Professors, junior group leaders, PostDocs, PhD students as well as Diploma and Masters students interact with each other within this lively network, exchanging scientific ideas and establishing new research collaborations.

Interdisciplinary Education

CeNS offers a comprehensive educational program to PhD and Diploma students. Workshops, seminars, colloquia and lecture series are organized on a regular basis throughout the whole year. The topics presented by internationally renowned speakers cover the broad spectrum of nanosciences and nanobiosciences. International exchange programs and soft-skills workshops complete the interdisciplinary program. The students are incited to suggest workshop topics and organize scientific events on their own and are strongly encouraged to invite interesting speakers to seminars and workshops. 

Transfer to Industry

The creative and unorthodox atmosphere within CeNS efficiently helped to create concepts for and incubate young nano-technological companies: the spin-off companies attocube systemsAdvalytix, ChromoTek, ethris, GNA biosolutions, ibidi, Nanion Technologies, NanoScape, Nanotools, NanoTemper and Neaspec currently employ about 120 mostly young scientists and technologists, working primarily on nano-biotechnological tasks. CeNS offers the creative scientific environment which is essential for these start-up companies, acts as a training facility with over 50 graduates per year, and provides the spin-offs with well-trained and particularly motivated scientists and technologists. More...

International Cooperation

In addition to the numerous research collaborations of individual CeNS members with scientists from all around the world, CeNS has established a growing number of cooperations with international nanoscience institutes. Exchange of doctoral researchers (e.g. Junior Nanotech Network) and Master's students as well as joint workshops (e.g. Workshop on Global Challenges - Opportunities for Nanotechnology) are the means by which these cooperations are realized. Up to now, joint projects have been initiated with Canada (McGill University, University of Alberta), the United States (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of California Santa Barbara), Switzerland (University of Basel), the U.K. (University of Bristol), China (Chinese Academy of Sciences and City University of Hong Kong) and India (IIT Madras). More...

The Fertile Soil

On the fertile soil of CeNS new multidisciplinary research groups have been established such as the Cluster of Excellence Opens external link in new windowNanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM), the LMUinnovativ project Functional Nanosystems, SFB 863 "Forces in biomolecular systems" and Opens external link in new windowSFB 1032 "Nanoagents for spatiotemporal control of molecular and cellular reactions" of the German research council (DFG) as well as many interdisciplinary research projects supported by the BMBF, the DFG, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the European Union.

Shaping up to make the cut

Before RNA copies of genes can program the synthesis of proteins, the non-coding regions are more …


Dr. Christoph Westerhausen joins CeNS as a new extraordinary member more …

Genes on the rack

Physicists at LMU have developed a novel nanotool that provides a facile means of characterizing more …

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Molecular force spectroscopy with a DNA origami–based nanoscopic force clamp

Philipp C. Nickels, Bettina Wünsch, Phil Holzmeister, Wooli Bae, Luisa M. Kneer, Dina Grohmann, more …

Titanium Doping and Its Effect on the Morphology of Three Dimensional Hierarchical Nb3O7(OH) Nanostructures for Enhanced Light-Induced Water Splitting

S. B. Betzler, F. Podjaski, M. Beetz, K. Handloser, A. Wisnet, M. Handloser, A. Hartschuh, B. V. more …

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