The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces was founded in 1992. Research in Colloid and Interface Science is widely covered by the following Departments
Professor Dr. Dr.h.c. Peter Fratzl
Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus Antonietti
Theory & Bio-Systems
Professor Dr. Reinhard Lipowsky
and the Max Planck Research Group
Dr. Kerstin Blank
Current research topics are polymeric films, membranes, microcapsules, organic and inorganic nano- structures, biomineralization, nano- and microreactors, molecular motors and filaments as well as chemistry and biology of carbohydrates.
Biomimetic research is at the core of the Institute’s activity. Common goal is to learn from nature how to build hierarchical materials or active systems with new functionalities, with adaptive, self-healing or self-assembling properties.