Peter-Debye-Institut

Current Research Foci

Experimentelle Physik

On the basis of a tradition in physical chemistry and statistical physics represented by scientists such as Peter Debye, the Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics (formerly Institute for Experimental Physics I) has become an international renowned focal point for soft matter physics and its applications in biological physics, thereby developing and utilizing predominately photonic techniques. On the molecular scale the institute’s research is entrenched in the thermal and driven dynamics of macromolecules such as DNA and cytoskeletal filaments (Kremer, Käs, Seidel) and of nano- as well as microcobjects such as microswimmers (Cichos). Understanding soft matter from the bottom up has a defining moment on the active and passive material properties of biological cells (Käs, Mierke). Consequentially, the institute has a pioneering role in the Physics of Cancer (Käs, Mierke) acknowledged by leading Cancer Institutes. This research is possible due to ground-breaking technical developments of the institute in areas such as optical trapping (Käs), magnetic tweezing (Seidel), photothermal microscopy and thermal single molecule trapping (Cichos), which led to the founding of start-ups and close ties to national and international industry. The institute has very active collaborations with the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the university (Prof. Klaus Kroy, Prof. Wolfhard Janke, Prof. Ulrich Behn) and is well embedded in the research landscape in Leipzig with close contact to many research institutions in Leipzig and Saxony.

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News

In the Thermal Molecule Trap: New Experimental Approaches to Investigate the Molecular Causes of Amyloid Formation

26.06.2019

More than 24 million people worldwide suffer from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Huntington's. The molecular causes of...

Soft Matter Day and Peter Debye Lecture on July 5, 2019

17.06.2019

On July 5, 2019, the "Soft Matter Day", organized by the Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences,...

Third Funding Period of the Collaborative Research Center Transregio 102 Granted

03.06.2019

The Collaborative Research Center Transregio 102 "Polymers under Multiple Constraints", established in 2011 by Martin Luther University...

How Maxwell’s Demon Herds Sheep: Information-based Interaction of Artificial Microswimmers

24.09.2018

Scientists from the universities in Leipzig and Princeton have found out in experiments how new structures with special properties can emerge through...

letzte Änderung: 16.10.2019

Contact

Peter Debye Institute for Soft Matter Physics
Linnéstraße 5
04103 Leipzig

Director
Prof. Dr. Ralf Seidel

Office
Kerstin Lohse
Tel.: +49 (0) 341 97-32 550
Fax: +49 (0) 341 97-32 549
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