CeNS Center for NanoScience LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
CeNS HomepageLMU Homepage

Upcoming Seminars

CeNS Colloquium

Friday, February 09, 15:30h

Dr. Ferdinand Greiss, Weizmann Institute of Science
Genetic circuits on single DNA molecules, with and without cell-like compartments

Future Events

Effective visual communication of science

February 22, 2024
Opens internal link in current windowmore...

6th Functional DNA Nanotechnology Workshop 2024
June 26, 2024 - June 28, 2024
Opens external link in new windowmore...

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 network 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, and graduate 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 systems, baseclick, ChromoTek, ethris, Gattaquant, GNA biosolutions, ibidi, Nanion Technologies, Nanotools, NanoTemper and Neaspec currently employ about 500 mostly young scientists and technologists, working primarily on nano- and nanobiotechnological tasks. CeNS offers a creative scientific environment which is essential for these start-up companies, acts as a training facility with over 100 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. More...

The Fertile Soil

On the fertile soil of CeNS new multidisciplinary research groups have been established such as the Clusters of Excellence e-conversion and MCQST, the SFB 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.

Theoretical chemistry: simulation of molecular origins of life

Using a so-called computational hyperreactor, LMU chemists have managed to calculate highly complex more …

Microscopy: Overcoming the traditional resolution limit for the fast co-tracking of molecules

CeNS researchers at LMU have developed an innovative method to simultaneously track rapid dynamic more …

Excellence Strategy: CeNS members successful with draft proposal for Cluster of Excellence

An important decision has been made in the new proposal phase for the Excellence Strategy of the more …

Further News more ...

Imaging built-in electric fields and light matter by Fourier-precession TEM

T. Lorenzen, B. März, TH. Xue, A. Beyer, K. Volz, T. Bein, K. Müller-Caspary

DOI: more …

Replication elongates short DNA, reduces sequence bias and develops trimer structure

A. C. Serrao, F. T. Dänekamp, Z. Meggyesi, D. Braun

DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkad1190 more …

Further Selected Publications
more ...