Chair of Information and Coding Theory

MAMOKO - Macroscopic Molecular Communication


Inspired by the natural way of communication between bacteria and cells, in the concept of molecular communication molecules are used as information carriers for data transmission and localization. The majority of research contributions are currently devoted to fluid media and microscopic scales, for example with the aim of targeted drug delivery inside the human body.

Within the framework of the MAMOKO project, the research group develops molecular communication in air-based media at macroscopic scales with application in industrial environments. Molecular communication promises efficient communication in environments where wireless communication based on electromagnetic waves is not applicable, such as chemical factories, gas pipelines, air ducts or other tunnel systems.

The aim of the project is to investigate the suitability of macroscopic molecular communication for industrial applications. To this goal, air-based macroscopic molecular communication systems will be designed and demonstrated. All necessary functionalities (e.g. modulation, coding, channel estimation and detection techniques) and tools (e.g. analytical methods, efficient simulation environments, appropriate experimental platforms and demonstrators) will be developed during the project. In addition, specific use cases for molecular communication will be developed and the respective advantages and disadvantages of the proposed concepts compared to existing alternative solutions will be evaluated.


Project partners:

  • Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen
  • Technische Universität München
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Technische Universität Berlin / Universität Paderborn


Selected References:

[1] M. Damrath, M. Schurwanz, and P.A. Hoeher, "The turbo principle in molecular communications," in Proc. ITG SCC, Rostock, Germany, Feb. 2019.

[2] W. Haselmayr, A. Springer, R. Schober, C. Alexiou, H. Schotten, H. Boche, P.A. Hoeher, F. Dressler, and G. Fischer, "Integration of molecular communication systems into future generation mobile networks," in Proc. 6G Wireless Summit, Levi, Finland, Mar. 2019.

[3] S. Bhattacharjee, M. Damrath, and P.A. Hoeher, "EXIT chart analysis of higher order modulation schemes in molecular communications," in Proc. ACM NanoCom, Dublin, Ireland, Sep. 2019.

[4] S. Bhattacharjee, M. Damrath, F. Bronner, L. Stratmann, J.P. Drees, F. Dressler, and P.A. Hoeher, "A testbed and simulation framework for air-based molecular communication testbed using fluorescein," accepted for publication in Proc. ACM NanoCom, College Park, MD, Sep. 2020.

[5] S. Bhattacharjee, M. Damrath, and P.A. Hoeher, "Design of macroscopic air-based molecular communication concept using fluorescein," accepted for publication in Proc. ACM NanoCom, College Park, MD, Sep. 2020.


This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under grant 16KIS0915 (MAMOKO).