Field of Work
Prof. Fischer's work focuses mainly on artificial nanomachines and microstructures. One of the group’s research areas is that of new 3D production methods for nanostructures: among other things it has developed an evaporation process with which nanoscopic structures can be prepared very quickly and precisely. This allows the creation of hybrid structures and nanostructured surfaces. These types of surface have special optical, electrical and magnetic properties which make them suitable for use in medical technology, for example.
The group is especially interested in the development of artificial microstructures which move actively in liquids and can be controlled. Here, the Fischer working group is researching into microstructures for minimally invasive surgery.
Prof. Fischer also looks into the self-assembly of nanostructures and new sensitive optical and spectroscopic characterization methods which can be used to observe chiral molecules, for example.
Prof. Peer Fischer was born in Augsburg in 1972 and grew up in Asia, Africa, Germany and the UK. He studied physics in London, obtaining his doctorate at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, in 1999. After working as a research assistant at Cornell University in Ithaka/New York, he moved to the Rowland Institute at Harvard University in 2004, where as a Rowland Junior Fellow he set up and directed an interdisciplinary laboratory. In addition to offers of professorships in the USA, he won an Attract Award in 2009 which took him to the Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg that year. He has been the director of the independent laboratory for micro, nano and molecular systems at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart since 2011. He was appointed professor of physical chemistry at the University of Stuttgart in 2013. Fischer has received numerous awards, including an ERC Starting Grant in 2012, an ERC Advanced Grant in 2018 and the 2016 World Technology Award in the category “Information Technology – Hardware”.