The following projects were specifically chosen by the SiLi-nano program to promote cooperation on the local level at the weinberg campus:

International Max Planck Research School

The school offers a highly efficient, web-based forum for calls for proposals within the framework of the SiLi-nano program as well as excellent research opportunities for Ph.D students.

Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics
Weinberg 2
06120 Halle

Fraunhofer Innovationscluster Polymertechnologie

Here, innovative polymer-based nanocomposites are being developed. They will also be usable for injection-moulded components in photovoltaic applications. The point of contact with the SiLi-nano program will be up- and down-conversion glass ceramics that can be integrated into the polymer modules.

für Polymersynthese und -verarbeitung PAZ
ValuePark A74
06258 Schkopau


The initiative "nanoStress" is a joint research project of the Max Planck Society and the Fraunhofer Society). It is focused on new methods of characterising stress in nanostructures, as for example in strained silicon. Methods developed in this context, e.g. determination of local strain, can be applied directly by the SiLi-nano program for corresponding activities of the junior research group Silicon-to-light.

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics
of Materials IWM Halle
Walter-Hülse-Straße 1
06120 Halle

Nanostructured Materials

"Nanostructured materials" is an initiative for excellence supported by the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt

The initiative promotes and supports the research activities of the faculties of physics and chemistry of the Martin-Luther-University (MLU) with grants of about 2 million Euro every year.

The initiative for excellence is explicitly aimed at promoting the cooperation of the university with extramural research institutes.The initiative also supports the efforts of network building financially.

Therefore the SiLi-nano program fits perfectly into this scheme.

In the framework of the initiative for excellence Professor Mertig of the Martin-Luther-University (MLU) collaborates closely with the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) in his capacity as a MPG (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) research fellow.

Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Physik
Fachgruppe Theoretische Physik
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1
06120 Halle (Saale)


Within the initiative Unternehmen Region (entrepreneurial regions), there is at present at the location weinberg campus an active project called "SiThinSolar", which is carried out at the IWMH (Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials Halle) and belongs to the realm of InnoProfile. This project deals with the mechanical properties of solar cells.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM
Walter-Hülse-Straße 1
06120 Halle


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