In our group, we investigate the generation of functional materials applying bioinspired material synthesis. These synthesis strategies are based on natural biomineralization processes, which are adapted to technical materials. The material formation mechanisms, structures and interactions of the organic and inorganic phases in these functional materials are characterized by spectroscopic, X-ray and microscopic techniques. In addition, the material properties, e.g. electronic, nanomechanical and optical, are investigated.
Bioorganic molecules, e.g. proteins, control biomineralization processes. The control of technical material systems by specifically designed Designer Proteins is investigated in the research field "Bioinspired Interfaces". Investigations on nano- and microstructured phage systems provide specific transport and local material processing with nanometer accuracy. [more...]
Our research interests are focused on the bioinspired structuring and characterization of multifunctional ceramic-based thin films, paper-like materials, and porous scaffolds, which mimic the structural design principles found in nature. It has been shown to be useful approach to improve the materials’ mechanical properties. [more …]