Mission & Vision

The Adolphe Merkle Institute is an interdisciplinary center of competence in soft nano- and materials science. AMI strives to be a leader in fundamental and application-oriented interdisciplinary research on soft nanoscience. We educate the next generation of scientists, stimulate innovation, foster industrial competitiveness, and improve the quality of life

The Adolphe Merkle Institute stands for:


Become an internationally leading research center by providing competitive employment conditions for outstanding scientists and students.


Create new knowledge and understanding at the overlap between chemistry, physics and biology with a focus on soft nanomaterials.


Lead basic and application-oriented research in fields of high relevance to create fundamental understanding and promote scientific and technological developments.


Develop technologies in collaborations with partners from academia and industry in the spirit of open innovation and mutual benefit.


We conduct strategically oriented and programmatically focused scholarly research and develop new technologies. We study and apply nano-based and nano-structured materials. We focus on a soft nanotechnology approach that is based on bottom-up principles and self-assembly nanostrategies.

Adolphe Merkle Institute - Chemin des Verdiers 4 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Phone +41 26 300 9254