Hidden Dimensions
The research and control of very small or very thin structures in the nano- and micrometer regime is our goal. These tiny structures determine the properties of materials and bio-systems.

A deeper understanding is the key to many innovations, such as "intelligent" biomaterials. Also on the energy production of the future, the avoidance of CO2 emissions and the development of vaccines, e.g. Malaria is being researched here.

The institute is managed collegially. The current Managing Director is Peter Fratzl.

Peter Seeberger - Director of the Department of Biomolecular Systems
Peter Fratzl - Director of the Department of Biomaterials
Markus Antonietti - Director of the Department of Colloid Chemistry (from left to right)
Vision and Mission

We want to combine scientific excellence with exceptional commitment in the supervision and support of young researchers. Our mission is to build a bridge from molecules to multi-scale materials and bio-systems, while providing the best possible support for young researchers.
Potsdam Science Park: WE LIVE SCIENCE.

Here, top international research and the training of young scientists in institutes of the largest German research associations and the University of Potsdam are combined with research-related business in start-up projects and in small and medium-sized enterprises to form a high-performance location.
100 years of Women’s Day
Women's Day has been held annually since 1921 and thus celebrates its 100th birthday this year. To mark this anniversary and in keeping with the theme, the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces presents its 11 international female research group leaders.


The overarching research area of the Department is biological materials science, which connects materials science and biology in a reciprocal way.

The Department synthesizes "customized" sugar molecules and links them with other molecular groups.

Research focuses on biomimetic systems that offer simple and sustainable solutions for global challenges such as the increasing energy demand and a global CO2 problem.
The Department investigates the structure and dynamics of molecules, colloids and nanoparticles in biological and biomimetic systems.
The group investigates the influence of force on the structure and function of molecules and materials.
Graduate program, where young talented doctoral students can work on a challenging research project and develop their scientific communication and management skills.


Using targeted gamma radiation, researchers at the Institutehave revealed the appearance and the specific role of non-crystalline phases during the formation of mesocrystals. Their findings provide fundamental insights for the controlled development and design of new mesocrystalline materials.

Recent Publications (PuRe)

Supplementary application system with more job offers at the MPIKG.

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