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28.11.2023 | Press releases

Acer I-Seed: the first eco-friendly fluorescent artificial seed for monitoring soil temperature by using drones

They look and function like maple seeds and can measure important environmental parameters without electricity or environmentally harmful components. The sensors, called ‘Acer I-Seed,’ are 3D-printed using biocompatible and compostable materials, developed at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) in Saarbrücken. The I-Seed project […]

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10.11.2023 | News

INM researcher constructs artificial cells to decode camouflage strategies of cancer cells

The immune system not only protects our body from pathogens such as bacteria and viruses but also defends it against the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. Unfortunately, some cancer cells can outsmart the immune system, altering themselves in a way that prevents detection as a threat. In a six-year research project, Oskar Staufer, a junior researcher group leader at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, aims to decipher the camouflage strategies of cancer cells using newly developed materials. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted him €2.4 million from the Emmy Noether programme to realize his project.

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08.11.2023 | Press releases

Advanced Materials need Safety: Experts convene in Saarbrücken

Researchers from various fields will gather from November 8th to 10th for the international conference “Advanced Materials Safety 2023” on the campus of Saarland University to shed light on the topic of safety and sustainability of new materials from their respective perspectives. The conference is organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Advanced Materials Safety in […]

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18.07.2023 | Press releases

Digital data exchange optimizes the development of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries

Developing and improving electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries requires the use of new raw materials and correspondingly adapted production processes. In the DaMaStE project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with three million euros over three years, research institutes are working with battery material manufacturers and raw material […]

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04.07.2023 | Press releases

Partner platform for technology transfer: Research project aims to identify optimal cooperation partners using patent data

In the research project “Cooperation Competence in Technology Transfer – Identification and Evaluation of Partners based on Patent Information” (KiTIE), coordinated by the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, researchers from five institutions across Germany are working together to optimize partner identification in technology transfer. Over the next three years, they aim to develop an IT-based tool that identifies potential cooperation partners based on patent information and patent utilization. The scientists are investigating, among other things, the necessary parameters for successful cooperation and their significance in the search process.

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20.04.2023 | Press releases

German Research Foundation (DFG) funds priority program on Living Materials

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has established six new priority programs (SPP, Schwerpunktprogramme), which will start next year and will initially be funded for three years with a total of 44 million euros. The programs, which are interdisciplinary and characterized by the use of innovative methods, are intended to investigate the scientific basis of particularly current or emerging areas of research. This includes SPP 2451 “Engineered Living Materials with Adaptive Functions”. It is coordinated by the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken.

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16.04.2023 | Press releases

Sustainable material design – electronics integrated in plastic can be recycled

Bei der Entwicklung und Fertigung innovativer Produkte spielt deren Nachhaltigkeit eine immer größere Rolle. Innovation bedeutet nicht mehr nur schneller, besser, günstiger, sondern auch energieeffizient, umweltfreundlich und vor allem recycelbar. Vom 17. bis 21. April stellt das INM – Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien auf der Hannover Messe neuartige Materialien und Methoden vor, die es ermöglichen, in Kunststoff eingebettete elektronische Komponenten bei Bedarf aus diesen zu lösen. Anschließend können Elektronik und Kunststoff separat wiederverwertet werden.

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15.03.2023 | Press releases

Wilfried Weber appointed Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute for New Materials and professor at Saarland University

In a joint appointment procedure of the Leibniz Association and Saarland University, Professor Wilfried Weber was selected for a dual function: He was appointed Scientific Director of INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials on March 15. He also received a professorship for new materials at Saarland University. This continues the close cooperation between the two institutions to advance joint projects in materials science.

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27.02.2023 | Press releases

INM at LOPEC: Electrospinning makes conductive structures flexible, transparent and affordable

Whether for tablets, smartphones, cars, clothing or medical devices – touch screens, foldable screens, displays and sensors of the future must be bendable and flexible. And the printed electronics applied to them must be just as bendable and flexible to enable tapping and swiping, for example. At LOPEC, the trade fair for printed electronics, INM presents electrospinning as a promising process.

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09.01.2023 | Press releases

Design for Recycling: The programmed immortality of the lithium-ion battery

Research teams from INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC) in Würzburg, and Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen-Nuremberg will launch the AdRecBat project on February 1, 2023, which looks at the recycling of lithium-ion batteries not at the end of their life, but already at the time of product design. The project aims to delineate the battery components from each other so that recycling by type is possible.

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02.01.2023 | Press releases

INM’s Scientific Director and Chairman Eduard Arzt retires

The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials says goodbye to its scientific director and chairman Prof. Eduard Arzt who retired at the end of 2022. Arzt headed the Saarbrücken-based materials research institute since October 2007 and led it to worldwide recognition. He is known nationally and internationally for his research on gecko-inspired polymer surfaces, […]

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02.11.2022 | Press releases

Materials research in weightlessness: When nanoparticles team up

At 9:25 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2022, the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) MAPHEUS-12 research rocket lifted off from Sweden’s ESRANGE rocket base near Kiruna. It reached an altitude of 260 kilometers and then sailed back to Earth on a parachute. On board were gold nanoparticles from the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken. In a special experimental setup, they were used to study how particles agglomerate when no gravity acts on them.

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