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Adolphe Merkle Institute

The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Fribourg devoted to fundamental and application-oriented research and teaching in the domain of soft nanomaterials. 

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Founded in 2008, AMI is in many aspects unique in the landscape of Switzerland’s research institutions. 


Adolphe Merkle Institute conducts 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.


AMI focuses on research in the domain of soft nanomaterials. The institute strives to be a leader in this area and hosts both fundamental and application-oriented interdisciplinary research programs. Our researchers are currently organized in six research groups, which offer complementary expertise and interests in strategically important areas: BioNanomaterials, Macromolecular Chemistry, Nanoparticles Self-Assembly, Polymer Chemistry and Materials, Soft Matter Physics, and Soft Matter Scattering. Interdisciplinary collaborations between our researchers are the basis for the successful and efficient execution of complex research projects that transcend the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines.

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Student services

The main task of the Office for Admissions and Registration is the admission of students who wish to begin their studies at the University of Fribourg and we will willingly reply to any question related to admission. The office is also responsible for the general administration of students.

Housing services

Looking for somewhere to live close to the campus at a reasonable price? In Fribourg, unlike in many other Swiss cities, this is still possible. There are several student hostels which offer inexpensive rooms.

Student Hostels
  • Bel-Praz (for men)
  • Cité St-JustinFoyer
  • Beau-SéjourSalesianum
  • Foyer Bel-Abri (for women)
  • Les CordeliersFoyer
  • Le Tilleul (for women)

Library services

There are libraries at various University sites. For your literature searches you will be using the ‘BCU-Centrale’ (the Canton and University Library) and the libraries of the various faculties.

Medical services

According to the Federal Act of 18 March 1994 on health insurance (LAMal), all persons domiciled in Switzerland must be insured for care in case of sickness or insured by their legal representative. Respect for the obligation to insure lies with the cantons. If you are a trainee from abroad and your place of residence is in the city of Freiburg, you must submit your insurance cover documentation.

Student Life

Campus life

The Adolphe Merkle Institute is part of the University of Fribourg campus in the Pérolles neighbourhood.

You won’t find a campus in Fribourg: the town itself is the campus! With 10,000 students among a total of 40,000 inhabitants, life in the town is shaped by the University like nowhere else. This unique combination of medieval heritage and vibrant student life lends it an incomparable charm.

Sports facilities

If you feel like unwinding or just want to clear your head after lectures, the University of Fribourg offers a range of rich cultural and sporting opportunities.

Student clubs

  • ELSA


The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Fribourg.


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