Interlocked molecules show dual response
Scientists at the Adolphe Merkle Institute and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have designed polymers infused with a stress-sensitive molecular unit that respond to external forces by fluorescing proportionally…
Sustainable, implantable electronics move one step closer
Bio-inspired electricity sources could power wearable or implantable electronics in the future, even running on metabolic waste according to new research from the Adolphe Merkle Institute's BioPhysics…
Do our cells use cyanide to communicate?
A team from the University of Fribourg has gathered compelling evidence that cyanide, a powerful poison even in small doses, is used in minute doses by the cells of our body to communicate.
A new Assistant Professor for the Adolphe Merkle Institute
Dr. Jovana Milic, a group leader in the Adolphe Merkle Institute's Soft Matter Physics group, has been promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Fribourg, where she is investigating hybrid materials…
New study unravels the mystery of the origin of flowering plants
Flowering plants are much more ancient than indicated by their fossil record, according to a study lead by the University of Fribourg.
Photonics: a technology of the future at Unifr
Professor Frank Scheffold's group in the Department of Physics have recently published two major papers on the manipulation of light by materials, in the prestigious journals Physical Review Letters and…
The Botanical Garden becomes an institute
This new status gives the "green oasis" of Pérolles a better basis for its missions of teaching and research, plant conservation and mediation towards the general public.
Sharing experimental data in optogenetics to develop new neurological therapies
More than forty-five laboratories using optogenetics, a technique combining optics and genetics, have joined forces to create a shared database. Several scientists, including Michael Schmid at Unifr, are…
Plants ready to defend themselves
Plastic nanoparticles can be absorbed by plants in a similar manner to inert metal or metal oxide particles, suggesting that defense mechanisms that could protect them evolved in plants long before the…