Graduate School: “Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules and Nano-objects (BuildMoNa)”

The Graduate School “Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules and Nanoobjects (BuildMoNa)” focuses on interdisciplinary graduate education through top-level, synergistic research. The materials research concept is based on a “bottom-up” approach. Progressive building blocks, such as nano-objects, smart molecules, polymeric scaffolds, peptides, and active proteins, are combined – preferentially by self-organisation – to create fundamentally new classes of materials that are inspired by active, adaptive living matter, and that are environmentally friendly, highly efficient, low-cost devices serving multifunctional purposes for a steadily more diversified modern society. The paradigm shift from uniform bulk materials towards nanostructured multifunctional materials that emerge from combinations of smart molecules, proteins, and nano-objects is essential for the future knowledge transfer from fundamental to applied sciences.