Tailored molecular design, targeted modification and functionalisation but also detailled molecular characterisation of substances define the fundamental pillars in the process of delevopment of new and improved materials.

Research in the field of Innovative Materials at Friedrich Schiller University Jena spans investigations involving biomaterials, functional polymers (“soft matter”), ceramics, composite materials, metals and alloys, glass and glass ceramics, and optical materials.

Potential areas of application include life science and therapeutic approaches up to technological applications and sensors as well.

Research groups

  • Advanced Glasses and Glass-Ceramics
    Prof. Dr. Christian Rüssel
  • Center of Excellence for Polysaccharide Research
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Heinze
  • Colloids, Surfaces and Interfaces
    Prof. Dr. Frank A. Müller
  • Computational Materials Science
    Prof. Dr. Marek Sierka
  • Electron Microscopy/Nanotechnology
    Dr. Stephanie Höppener
  • Experimental Radiology
    Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hilger
  • Functional Lipidomics
    Prof. Dr. Oliver Werz
  • Functional dyes, markers and molecular sensors
    Prof. Dr. Kalina Peneva
  • Functional Particals (Junior Research Group)
    Dr. Stephanie Schubert
  • Glass Science
    Prof. Dr. Lothar Wondraczek
  • Haematology and Medical Oncology
    Dr. Joachim Clement
  • Heterocycle functional dyes
    Prof. Dr. Rainer Beckert
  • High-Throughput Experimentation (Junior Research Group)
    Dr. Carlos Guerrero Sanchez
  • Materials Science
    Prof. Dr. Klaus D. Jandt
  • Mechanics of functional Materials
    Prof. Dr. Enrico Gnecco
  • Metallic Materials
    Prof. Dr. Markus Rettenmayr
  • Nanotechnology/Bacterial Nanocellulose/Nanomaterials
    Prof. Dr. Dagmar Fischer
  • Organic Thin Films & Surface Science
    Prof. Dr. Torsten Fritz
  • Organic & Macromolecular Chemistry
    Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert
  • Organic Synthesis and Bioorganic Chemistry
    Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Arndt
  • Particle Formulation (Junior Research Group, NanoMatFutur, BMBF)
    Dr. Anja Träger
  • Polymeric Nanostructures
    Prof. Dr. Felix H. Schacher
  • Phospholipids in Drug Development
    Prof. Dr. Paola Luciani
  • Process- and Material Design of bacterial Nanocellulose
    Dr. Dana Kralisch
  • Solution Characterization (Junior Research Goup, ProExcellence programme, Thuringia)
    Dr. Ivo Nischang
  • Structure-Property Relationships in Glasses
    Prof. Dr. Delia S. Brauer
  • Supramolecular Polymer Brushes (Junior Research Group, Emmy Noether programme, DFG)
    Dr. Johannes Brendel


Profile-shaping centres of the University

Research institutes of the University

Non-university research institutes