The future of materials


... is the combination of logic and material. Functionalities are written directly into the structure of the material and thus replace complete systems including sensors, actuators and power supplies.

Imagine a world with more space. Where you can hardly see machines, devices or automations because they are directly integrated into materials and surfaces.

Imagine electric bicycles whose tires get more grip around curves and form spikes in winter.

Imagine clothes whose breathability increases with your physical activity and which form protective cushions in the event of a fall, or shoes which widen when you get on the bike, strengthen when you are under pressure and give you more propulsion when you run.

Imagine furniture that adapts to your body tension and thus your daily routine.

Imagine buildings whose windows automatically darken depending on the sun's rays or whose façade insulation only releases stored heat at night to prevent the living space from heating up.

Welcome to the world of programmable materials!

Recent news


Conference 12-14 July 2022

The International Conference on Programmable Materials has taken place as a hybrid event in Berlin from 12-14 July 2022 and was a great success!





Gustmann, Tobias; Gutmann, Florian; Wenz, Franziska; Koch, Peter; Stelzer, Ralph; Drossel, Welf-Guntram; Korn, Hannes: Properties of a superelastic NiTi shape memory alloy using laser powder bed fusion and adaptive scanning strategies Progress in Additive Manufacturing 5 (2020) 11-18; 10/2020


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