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Neutron Scattering (ICS-1,JCNS-1)

We investigate the structure and dynamics of soft matter using neutron scattering and complementary methods from molecular to macroscopic length and time scales, develop neutron scattering instruments and make them available to external researchers. More: Neutron Scattering (ICS-1,JCNS-1) …

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Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics (ICS-2,IAS-2)

We employ theory, modeling, and simulation to study and understand the structure, self-assembly, and non-equilibrium dynamics of complex soft, active, and living matter -- on the basis of physical principles. More: Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics (ICS-2,IAS-2) …

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Soft Condensed Matter (ICS-3)

We investigate equilibrium and non-equilibrium collective phenomena in (bio-) macromolecular systems. In equilibrium, phase behavior and particle dynamics in various types of systems are studied. An important aspect of our research is the response of (bio-) macromolecular systems to external fields, like flow, electric fields, temperature gradients and confinement. To gain a fundamental understanding of the corresponding complex phenomena on the macromolecular level, we synthesize model systems with chemically tuned properties, develop analytical theory, and perform simulations. The institute is equipped with a wide variety of highly sophisticated, home-built state-of-the art instruments. More: Soft Condensed Matter (ICS-3) …


Zelluläre Biophysik (ICS-4)

ICS-4 investigates the mechanisms of molecular and cellular signal processing using modern methods from biochemistry, biophysics, and fluorescence microscopy. We study the properties of single molecules and proteins, cellular signal transduction as well as information processing in intact neuronal networks. More: Zelluläre Biophysik (ICS-4) …


Molecular Biophysics (ICS-5)

Our research aims to establish a fundamental, physics-based understanding of the function of bio-macromolecular systems. In this respect proteins and (protein based) macromolecular complexes, also within in their cellular context, are of particular interest for our research topics. We use and develop single-molecule techniques to study functional conformational changes of proteins, protein folding, and interactions of bio-macromolecules. More: Molecular Biophysics (ICS-5) …


Strukturbiochemie (ICS-6)

The structure and dynamics of proteins as well as their interaction with ligands forms the main area of our research focus; we concentrate our investigations, therefore, on molecules which play an important role in fundamental cellular processes, in neurodegenerative diseases, or in viral infections. More: Strukturbiochemie (ICS-6) …


Biomechanics (ICS-7)

Our research is focused on the biomechanics of cells and their mechanical interaction with the environment. We employ modern methods of cell biophysics and cell biology complemented by biomimetic model systems. More: Biomechanics (ICS-7) …


Bioelectronics (ICS-8)

Our interdisciplinary team of physicists, chemists, biologists and electrical engineers studies and develops functional assemblies of biological components and electronic devices. More: Bioelectronics (ICS-8) …


Technical and Administrative Infrastructure (PGI/JCNS-TA and ICS-TA)

Our administrative staff provides advice and support in all matters concerning personnel, order processing, public relations and much more. Our engineers and mechanics work closely with scientists; our programmers and IT specialists offer technical advice, develop device drivers and control software as well as imaging techniques for real-time simulations.  ICS-1, -2 and -3 are all supported by the Technical Services and Administration department PGI/JCNS-TA. ICS-7 and -8 are supported by the Technical and Administrative Infrastructure ICS-TA (in German).: Technical and Administrative Infrastructure (PGI/JCNS-TA and ICS-TA) …