The Gerhardt M.J. Schmidt Minerva Center on Supramolecular Architecture
David Cahen, Director
The Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Professorial Chair in Energy Research
The Gerhard M.J. Schmidt Center for Supramolecular Architectures was founded in 1995 to promote interdisciplinary research in the field of condensed matter and molecular chemistry, physics and biophysics.
Within the framework of the centre both experimental and theoretical studies are carried out, generally by way of support for contacts of the Weizmann faculty members with German scientists, aid for ongoing projects and contributions to critical equipment needs.
Areas that have been supported in the recent past include structure and function of thin films, made of molecular organic as well as of hard (inorganic) materials; studies on architectures of soft and bio-materials, such as micelles, vesicles and membranes, studies of the inorganic-organic materials interface and mesoporous materials.
The centre provides travel support for genuine, bona-fide collaborative studies between German and Israeli scientists, mostly of, students, postdocs and young scholars.
The Centre organizes or participates in joint meetings, especially student-organized ones, schools, and more formal conferences.
Often the centre joins forces with other centres and foundations so as to able to spread its resources.
In Sept. 2008 the most recent Student Symposium took place, on "Molecules as Sensors" in Israel, joint with Bar-Ilan University's Minerva Centre for Nanoscale Particles and Films. The faculty advisors were Prof. Ron Naaman from the Weizmann Institute and Prof. Marc Tornow from the Techn. Univ. Braunschweig.
In Dec. 2011 a Minerva School on Alternative Energy research for German and Israeli PhD students will take place in Nazareth.