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

Aufnahme eines Mikroschwimmers im Elektronenmikroskop. Das Teilchen misst 2.18 Mikrometer im Durchmesser. Die kleinen helleren Punkte auf dem Partikel sind etwa 8 Nanometer große Goldnanopartikel.

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How Tiny Machines Become Capable of Learning

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Aktin- und DNA-Färbung verraten die Struktur von 3D-Tumorclustern. Zellformen in Krebstumoren zeigen an, ob die Zellen beweglich sind.

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Cancer Cells Become Fluidised and Squeeze Through Tissue

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This year’s Physics of Cancer symposium will focus on brain tumours.

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Physics of Cancer Symposium to Focus on Brain Tumours

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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