Faculty Overview

The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology is divided into six departments: Life Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Pharmacy, Physics and Systems Engineering.

Currently, 68 professors are carrying out research and teaching our faculty, one of whom is a junior professor. In addition, there is one associated junior professor, six senior professors, two associate professors and six honorary professors. Furthermore, 14 professors are co-opted in our faculty (list of the co-opted professors).

The profile of our faculty is strongly influenced by our expertise in research areas including natural product and nanochemistry, (nano)-biotechnology, cellular function and biomedicine, drug discovery and drug delivery systems, materials research, sensor/actuator systems, and bioinformatics.

Hence, our faculty contributes to two of the key focuses of Saarland University: nano-biosciences and (bio)informatics.

Our faculty is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching. There is intensive cooperation both between the difference departments and with other faculties, including medicine and computer science.

The life science related groups are heavily involved in the teaching and research activities of the two interfaculty centres of Saarland University: the Center of Human and Molecular Biology  (ZHMB) and the Center for Bioinformatics (ZBI). The Center for Biophysics (ZBP) is a newly created interfaculty center, involving groups from the Physics Department and Life Science-related groups (Homepage ZBP).

We also cooperate closely with the following non-university research institutions on the Saarbrücken campus and in St. Ingbert:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZFP)
  • Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS)
  • Korean Institute of Science and Technology in Europe (KIST)
  • Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM)
  • Steinbeis Research Center - Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS)

In all disciplines we strive to involve and integrate students in scientific projects in the different working groups at an early stage. A large number of student research projects and doctoral theses are carried out in cooperation with the above-mentioned non-university research institutions, as well as with companies located on the campus in the Science Park Saar.

Our faculty also collaborates closely with several laboratories in the Saarland network of student experiment laboratories SaarLab. This network is responsible for the scientific and technical promotion of students and teacher training.