Kiel University (CAU)
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The fully-fledged university in the “true north”: shaping the future by research, teaching and knowledge transfer
As the only fully-fledged university in Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel University (CAU) provides an interdisciplinary, academic environment for over 27,000 students and more than 2,000 scientists. The disciplines offered by its eight faculties are connected by constant dynamic interfaces; they reflect the university’s teaching and integrative research profile.
Kiel University offers to choose from over 190 degree programmes. Students can select classic subjects like law or medicine, as well as disciplines from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Applied fields of study such as material and technological sciences or agricultural and nutritional sciences offer particularly good career options. Teacher training plays a key role at Kiel University. With 21 integrated subjects, teachers to-be receive excellent specialist training; they are best equipped to enter a successful career in research on teaching, learning and education.
Kiel University sets a strong focus on research. In recent years, four dynamic priority research areas were established. They are based on the interdisciplinary interaction between strong disciplines: Marine Science, Life Science, Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change, as well as Nano Science & Surface Research. Each individual research area contributes substantially towards dealing with at least one of the grand challenges of our time.
Encompassing top quality, innovative science, a sense of responsibility and the transfer of knowledge, both within Schleswig-Holstein and beyond state borders, is the commitment of Kiel University. This pledge advocates the university’s active role in our society, aiming to be the driving force behind regional, national and international development. Jointly with partners from science, industry, politics and society, Kiel University contributes to develop ground-breaking interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary solutions for the pressing issues of our time – and serving to shape the future.
In our dynamic and versatile team of the section “Physiology and Biotechnology of Plant Cells” headed by Prof. R. Schulz, we are primarily interested in algae. We focus on microalgae and cyanobacteria as well as macroalgae. The role of algae in the context of the blue bioeconomy is of particular interest to us. We investigate if and how algae thrive in aquaculture in the Baltic so that they can be used for direct human consumption or in high quality cosmetics. Algae produced in bioreactors or harvested directly from lakes provide clean wastewater, sanitize water bodies, absorb CO2 and provide clean energy. In several research projects we study the technical and biological-physical-chemical mechanisms underlying these processes. Additionally, we seek out for potential economically valuable products that can be merchandised from these algae.
Institute for Materials Science
The working group “Functional Nanomaterials” of the Faculty of Engineering focuses on producing and developing innovative porous nanomaterials. Here, experience from semiconductor electrochemistry, such as the etching of porous silicon, is combined with state-of-the-art nano- and semiconductor technology. In addition, the development of new types of battery concepts for lithium-ion batteries is a core area here, where materials sciences, chemistry, computer science and electrical engineering work together in an interdisciplinary manner.
Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology
The Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology and its research sets the stage for personalized, targeted therapies. We believe that research in biomedicine should lead to new perspectives on disease processes and measurable advances for patients. We are pursuing questions on how genes, individual life history and environmental factors interact to cause disease. The aim is to translate those findings and identified modern biomarkers into products for clinical practice.
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
The group of Prof. Stock combines basic research with application-oriented issues, focusing on the synthesis of new materials.
Our mission: Development of reactor systems that can be employed to efficiently discover and optimise new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and testing of these porous materials for applications in molecular separation, catalysis, sensing and heat transformation.
Our vision: We want to achieve a fundamental understanding of the formation and function of porous materials, determine their structure-property relationship and help improve industrial processes energetically.
The Kiel University online
Chronisch-entzündliche Darmerkrankungen – nachhaltige Behandlung von Patient:innen durch Präzisionsmedizin?
by Berith Messner (IPN) and Mareike Wendorff
Grüne Batterien – aus nachhaltigen und biologisch abbaubaren Rohstoffen
by Sandra Hansen
Kältemaschinen mit grüner Energie? Wasseraufnahme in nanoporösen Materialien macht es möglich.
by Norbert Stock and Christoph Stein
Wie können Algen helfen, die Herausforderungen des Klimawandels zu lösen?
by Ruth Gingold
Wie macht man Landwirtschaft nachhaltig? – Gesellschaftspolitische Prozesse zur Implementation einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft
by Christian Henning and Carl-Friedrich Boy