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Multiscale Mechanochemistry & Mechanobiology

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Multiscale Mechanochemistry & Mechanobiology - From Molecular Mechanisms to Smart Materials

Mechanoresponsive materials are a topic of intense research across numerous disciplines. In biology, research on biogenic materials has revealed crucial links between specific protein building blocks and dynamic mechanical behaviors, while studies of biological tissues have identified sophisticated mechanotranduction mechanisms in cells for sensing their environment. Along similar lines, chemists and materials scientists are developing high-performance materials that exhibit specific programmed responses to mechanical stimuli (e.g. self-reporting and self-healing). Common to these diverse lines of research is a primary drive to understand dynamic responses of complex molecules to mechanical stimuli. [more]

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Alumni-Meeting

The institute organizes together with the “Freunde der Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung e.V.” an annual meeting, which informs about the "Trends in Colloids and Interface Science". [more]

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12th International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues (ICCMBT)

This Conference, which has been held every three years since 1980, is one of the most important scientific gatherings in the mineralization field. The meeting emphasizes a wealth of physicochemical, biological and clinical topics concerning mineralization processes in vertebrate and invertebrate species. These include, but are not limited to: cell and molecular biology of mineralized tissue formation, hormone and cytokine regulation of mineralized tissues, signaling pathways, structure and function of extracellular components of mineralized tissues, model systems of biomineralization, disorders and pathology of mineralized tissues and development of therapeutic approaches, and, new technologies for studying crystal structure and formation. [more]

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Biomembrane Days 2016

Membranes form the intricately shaped compartments of life. The Biomembrane Days are a biannual workshop that highlights recent advances in understanding the morphology and molecular organization of biomimetic and biological membranes. Central topics of the Biomembrane Days 2016 will be the shaping and scaffolding of membranes by proteins, synthetic cells, giant vesicles, membrane-carbohydrate interactions, and nanoparticles. [more]

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Euro Bio-inspired - International School and Conference on Biological Materials Science

Based on with the successful events held in 2012 and 2014 in Potsdam the scope of this conference is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of novel developments and trends in the field of bio-inspired materials research. Accordingly, the whole spectrum of biological materials will be covered. Topics will encompass the formation mechanisms as well as the characterization of complex-shaped and hierarchically structured multifunctional materials present in living nature. Based on this, a further key topic will be the consideration of these architectures as archetypes for the generation of novel functional materials with an expanded property spectrum. We invite you to submit your contributions with regard to materials synthesis and design inspired by biological principles and structures. The conference will address Bio-inspired materials based on organic and/or inorganic phases including their mechanical, optical, electronic and magnetic properties as well as actuated systems. Further discussions will be dedicated to materials, which display their function in contact with biological systems, e.g. tissues. Moreover, theoretical modelling of the formation, structure and properties of biological and bio-inspired materials will play a main role. The program will comprise several invited plenary lectures as well as oral and poster presentations. Furthermore, a session related to the priority program 1420 (Biomimetic Materials Research: Functionality by Hierarchical Structuring of Materials) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will be included. Moreover, the conference will accommodate a Winter School of the Priority Program 1569 (Generation of Multifunctional Inorganic Materials by Molecular Bionics). [more]

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Multiscale Motility of Biomolecular Machines

Biomolecular motors are the driving force behind many essential processes of life, they transport cargoes in cells, process the genetic information and power cell motility as well as developmental processes. Their functions are based on movements on many time and length scales, ranging from the sub-molecular to the cellular scale. This three-day symposium will highlight recent advances in the study of their function and their dynamics. The central topics of the meeting are Transport by cytoskeletal motors Information-processing by polymerases and ribosomes Molecular machines in cell movements and other processes [more]

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4th Annual Biomolecular Systems Day

The Biomolecular Systems Department is the youngest program within the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. The Department has grown into a dynamic and exciting environment over the last five years. We feel that it is time to have a day to celebrate and share our accomplishments and vision for the future. The Biomolecular Systems Day will feature scholarly presentations from all group leaders within the department, a keynote address from Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger, a plenary lecture by one of our alumnis as well as selected sponsors and a vendor fair. [more]

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21st Ostwald-Kolloquium

This colloquium aims to bring together scientists working with different materials at fluid interfaces, to exchange ideas and to create new concepts, which are of increasing importance and relevance in the field of modern colloid, material and life sciences. In the last years, Langmuir monolayers have encountered a drastic increase in activity mainly due to the applicability of highly interface sensitive techniques. However, they are not directly relevant for applications. Yet, due to their high definition they are excellent models for many areas with application potential. They are the precursors for Langmuir-Blodgett films, organized monolayers possessing potential for coatings and organic electronics. They present the interfaces in emulsions, a basic structure in colloid science. They have a high value as 2D models of biological membranes (phospholipid monolayers at the air/water interface) to study structures and bimolecular interactions. Langmuir monolayers became more and more used as model template systems to better understand the elementary steps of biomineralization processes. The ability of biological samples to self-assemble at the air/water interface makes them valuable templates for functional nano-materials. The design and synthesis of new NPs for future biomedical applications has received increased scientific attention during the last years. The self-assembly of novel amphiphiles at the air-water interface has been even used to produce mechanically robust, macroscopically extended carbon nanosheets at room temperature. Ostwald4 The program will consist of invited and contributed talks as well as of a poster session. Young scientists are especially encouraged to attend the Ostwald Kolloquium and to present a poster or a short talk. Accordingly this should become a very lively meeting that will show the current state of research as well as the way to promising activities and developments in the future. [more]

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Dedication Extension Building

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6th Bubble and Drop Interfaces (B&D2015)

After B&D workshops in Empoli (1995), Genoa/Italy (2004), Granada/Spain (2007), Thessaloniki/Greece (2009) and Krakow/Poland (2012) we have the 6th B&D workshop now in 2015 in Potsdam/Golm, Germany. Although the first meeting in Empoli was a great scientific success it took 9 years to realize that such a topic is attractive to quite a large community and provides a lot of things to be discussed on a regular basis. Since then, the first workshop became the starting point for a series of workshops with increasing interest. Still, we can call these meetings workshops although we have two parallel sessions with the two COST actions CM1101 and MP1106. Anyway, we hope to enjoy hot discussions of open questions and non-ready work. The B&D 2015 workshop will hopefully continue the successful tradition of the former meeting and provide the platform for fruitful discussions of experts from academia and industry. [more]

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Alumni-Meeting

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Nanobrücken 2015

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11. Treffpunkt Bioinformatik: Bioinformatik und Glykobiotechnologie

Zucker, oder wissenschaftlicher gesagt, Kohlenhydrate, sind in aller Munde. Der Fokus der Glykobiotechnologie ist auf die biologische Rolle einer der größten und vielfältigsten Substanzklassen der organischen Moleküle gerichtet. Als Energiespeicher, Stützsubstanz, Andockstelle oder Antenne für Proteine - Zuckermoleküle übernehmen viele zentrale Aufgaben. Auch bei der Entwick­lung neuer Diagnostika und Therapeutika spielen sie eine immer wichtigere Rolle, etwa zur Erhöhung der Wirksamkeit, Verminderung von Nebenwirkungen oder als Biomarker zur genaueren Feststellung des Entwicklungsstadiums einer Krankheit. Die Entschlüsselung der strukturellen und funktionellen Eigenschaften der Zuckermoleküle verlangt aufwändige analytische Methoden, sorgfältiges Computer-Modelling und komplexe bioinformatorische Lösungen, beispiels­weise zur Analyse von Daten aus High-Throughput Screenings. Zusammen mit dem Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik und dem Netzwerk „glyconet Berlin Brandenburg“ lädt BioTOP zum 11. Treffpunkt Bioinformatik am 7. November ein. Seien Sie dabei und entdecken Sie, welche Rolle die Bioinformatik für die Entwicklung von Glykodiagnostika und ‑therapeutika spielt! [more]

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3rd Annual Biomolecular Systems Day

The Biomolecular Systems Day will feature scholarly presentations from all group leaders within the department, a keynote address from Prof. Dr. Peter H. Seeberger, a plenary lecture by one of our alumni as well as selected sponsors and a vendor fair. [more]

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Biomembrane Days 2014

Membranes form the intricately shaped compartments of life. The Biomembrane Days highlight recent advances in understanding the morphology and molecular organization of biomimetic and biological membranes. In 2014, the focus of the Biomembrane Days is on the four topical areas "Membranes and vesicles", "Adhesion", "Particles at membranes", and "Theory and simulations", which are strongly interrelated. [more]

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Alumni-Meeting

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Food Colloids

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Indo-German Workshop on “Chemical Biology of Infectious Diseases"

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14th European Student Colloid Conference

This series of conferences represents a platform for young scientists working in the field of Colloid and Interface Science. This time the meeting will be held in Germany, at the Max Planck Campus of Potsdam/Golm. This venue will provide a lot of opportunities, in particular an excellent scientific environment and the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces is the official host. [more]

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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Alumni-Meeting

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