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The Cluster “Materials for Life” explores new intelligent materials exhibiting complex multiple sensing and actuating properties for medical applications that address features such as adaptability and autonomous therapy responses. The complex requirement profile for the novel in vivo applications represents the originality and the higher risk-taking factors of the researchprogramme.

The Cluster’s impact on the research area is based on the possibility to apply these new materials for continuous monitoring and treatment of critical health conditions. This allows cutting edge diagnostics and provides options for medical therapy and prophylaxis for conditions where it would be otherwise difficult or even impossible to assess and to improve patients’ state of health.

The Research Areas of the Cluster are managed to effectively address and merge the broad range of competences. This is achieved with the Fundamental and Applied Research Area as well by the special overarching Integrative Research Area. The latter area will provide an understanding of the design and the role of intelligent materials for in vivo applications as general universal scientific results beyond the specific applications of the Applied Research Areas.

The Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) is well suited for the Cluster’s research programme due to its proven track record with regards to interdisciplinarity, the quality of the involved researchers, and the value of cooperation with the participating Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT) in Itzehoe and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG).The high intensity of interdisciplinary collaborations of the research programme, the integrationof the Cluster in the profile “Kiel Nano Sciences”, and the special programme to promote gender equality result in a sustainable impact on the structural development of the CAU and will strengthen the research group and provide a stronger international profile for the CAU.

To sustainably implement the research topic "Materials for Life", thirteen additional professorships will be created. Significant Cluster funding, the tenure-track and a dedicated Dual-Career-Programme will facilitate the interest and recruitment of outstanding scientists. Furthermore, a special postdoctoral programme will be initiated in collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to attract international young scientists with excellent academic records.

The technology and knowledge transfer into applications is fostered by the non-university researchpartners, by an Advisory Board of national and international leading experts, and by an Information Forum for decision makers, industry and the general public.