Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics

Profile

The central research field of our institute is soft matter physics. Our activities build on a long, successful tradition in physical chemistry and statistical physics. This tradition was founded by well-known scientists like Peter Debye in Leipzig.

Experimental setup for photothermal Rutherford scattering

Focus

Our institute has become an international renowned focal point for soft matter physics and its applications in biological physics. An important methodological element is the use and development of photonic techniques.

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Departments

The research of the departments focusses on the equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamics of macromolecules, nano- and micro-objects. Understanding soft matter from the bottom up makes it possible to understand the active and passive material properties of biological cells.

News

Human cancer cells. Photo: Colourbox

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New insights into tumour biology

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Ein frühgeborenes Baby wird medizinisch betreut.

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Why mechanical ventilation can harm preterm lungs

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Gene expression tests can be used to determine the activity of certain genes in tumour cells. Physicists at Leipzig University investigated their usefulness.

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Chemotherapy or not? Physicists study gene expression tests

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Contact

Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics

Linnéstraße 5
04103 Leipzig

Head: Prof. Dr. Ralf Seidel

Phone: +49 341 97-32550
Fax: +49 341 97-32549