PP08 Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems

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Acronym:EXC 2193-livMatS
Contact:Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe, Prof. Dr. Christoph Eberl, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
DFG Classification:405 Materials Engineering; 406 Materials Science; 407-03 Systems Engineering; 108 Philosophy; 110-04 Psychology; 202-04, -05 Plant Sciences; 321 Molecular Chemistry; 327-02 Theoretical Chemistry
Material/ Methodology:Polymers, functional materials, programmable materials / synthesis, additive manufacturing,
Engagement:~ 50PIs, 50PhDs, 3 Junior-Research-Groups

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In the Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) the best of two worlds, the biological and the technological realm, are merged. While today’s materials are largely static, in that their properties do not change with time, livMatS envisions materials systems that are autonomous from an external power supply and can respond to a changing environment by adapting their properties. Such systems, inspired by living nature, will harvest energy they need from the environment and will show complex adaptive behavior via interactions across all length scales, i.e. from the molecular to the macroscopic level. The material systems are produced by multi material manufacturing processes. Societal acceptance, the socio-economic impact as well as philosophical implications of livMatS will be scientifically scrutinized. In this sense, LivMats already offers a deep dive into interdisciplinary research and the resulting challenges and can offer its according progress in finding a common language to communicate between research domains in NFDI-MatWerk. Furthermore, the consideration of multi-stakeholder workflows involves relevant learnings in developing comprehensive harmonization in terms of interdisciplinary documentation methods as needed by NFDI-MatWerk.