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Products and technologies for a wholesome environment are in the focus of the Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology (UFT), a central research unit (CRU) of the University of Bremen.

In the focal research area "Environmentally Benign Nanomaterials" biologists, chemists and scientists from production engi-neering cooperate in basic research and applied projects. We are doing our research jointly with students, doctoral candidates and post-docs, who were excited by our interdisciplinary approaches in a productive and congenial working atmosphere. Their research is integrated on all levels of our university education, whether bachelor, master's or doctoral studies.

Due to the broad expertise of the working groups of the UFT it is possible to offer internally as well as externally a broad spectrum of methods, from the production and characterization of materials to methods of structure-activity relationships and biological and technological test-systems. The aim of our developments is the protection of resources and the minimization of risks for man and environment.

There is a rapidly increasing demand for environment-relieving  products, for more efficient technologies for processing and storing energy, and for the global provisioning of clean drinking water. This growing demand is a major driver for innovation in science and technology. The risks of fast global climate change as well as the increasing shortage of resources reinforce the need for the innovative development of sustainable technologies.

Major advancements have been attained currently through the application of nanotechnology. Increasingly, nanoparticles find their way into tomorrow's technologies, such as in the design of new catalysts for sustainable energy systems or in the hygienic functionalization of surfaces. However, it is largely unknown how these new materials affect the natural environment and whether they evoke unwanted or even negative effects in ecosystems. If such effects of nanoparticles lead to risks for man and environment, strategies have to be developed as precociously as possible to avoid these.

At the UFT we pursue two main objectives, the protection of resources and the minimization of risks for man and environment. These objectives are achieved in individual projects but in particular we combine our competences in our joint focal research area "Environmentally Benign Nanomaterials". By this we are heading paradigmatically towards resource protection and minimization of risks for men and environment. Our guiding research question is: Are there criteria for the design of highly effective and most efficient nanomaterials, being intrinsically safe at the same time?

As a Central Research unit (CRU) of the University of Bremen the UFT is engaged in networking on campus. But also beyond research and education we are committed to the guiding principle of our University that calls upon Environmentally Sustainable Activity. In this spirit the ZFT initiated ten years ago the introduction of an EMAS certified environmental management system for the university that is supervised since then by us. One prominent result of these activities is the foundation of a solar-cooperative for members of the university, which has operated solar panels with 730 kW peak on the roofs of university buildings since December 2011.

Coordination, Internationalization, Environmental Management

Jürgen Warrelmann

Prof. Dr.Jürgen Warrelmann

Central research coordinaton,
project acquisition