BuildMoNa Graduate School  

BuildMoNa. Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules and Nano-objects

The German federal and state governments launched the Excellence Initiative to promote cutting-edge research activities at German universities. The initiative’s mission is to establish German universities as top research institutions with a global relevance as the hallmark of their research. 

The Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules and Nano-objects (BuildMoNa) is one of the Excellence Initiative’s Graduate Schools. Maintaining a cross-disciplinary approach to research, the Graduate School caters to the needs of graduate students pursuing a doctorate in the natural sciences that are concerned with the development of novel approaches and methods in materials research. The School specialises in the development and study of new classes of materials that are envisioned to emerge from the combination of suitable building blocks, such as nano-objects, smart molecules, polymeric scaffolds, peptides and proteins by self-organization. By virtue of their novel structures and properties, these new materials will prove to be highly versatile and appreciated for creative and innovative application.   

The programme administered by the BuildMoNa Graduate School is dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary exchange across the natural sciences and also the interdisciplinary exchange with scientific and industrial partners worldwide. The programme offers participants access to in-depth knowledge and expertise with an emphasis on materials and methods. The School also offers additional qualification options servicing students with plans to pursue an international professional career in the field.

The Graduate School seeks to attract highly motivated and distinctive applicants from around the world and to provide those students that have already obtained a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or an equivalent degree elsewhere, with an excellent research environment to allow groundbreaking approaches in materials research and future careers in academia or industry. 

Prof. Dr. Hey-Hawkins (Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy)

Prof. Dr. Grundmann (Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences)

Coordinating Members from the Faculty of Life Sciences
Prof. Dr. Annette Beck-Sickinger
Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki


last update: 29.09.2017