Congratulations to Ruchika Gahane on winning the Best Poster Award at the DIATECH 2020 conference in Leuven, Belgium, January 27th-29th, 2020, for her poster titled “Functional Gold Nanoparticle based Lab-on-Chip Diagnostics” about the detection of pg/ml concentration of inflammation biomarkers using gold nanoparticle clusters.
A Review was published in the prestigious journal Advanced Functional Materials with an Impact Factor of over 15 in 2018. The article titled "Cell-instructive Multiphasic Gel-in-Gel Materials" by Sebastian Kühn, Jana Sievers, Aukha Stoppa, Nicole Träber, Ralf Zimmermann, Petra Welzel and Carsten Werner recapitulates approaches of engineering cell-instructive materials including the assembly of distinct gel phases, the embedding of gels in other gel materials and the patterning of preformed gel materials for therapeutic applications.
The new paper by Lucas Schirmer, Karolina Chwalek and other team members demonstrates in a mouse model that foreign body reactions to in situ-assembling starPEG-glycosaminoglycan hydrogels can be effectively controlled by defined adjustments of the modular materials, suggesting the system as safe and effective for in vivo tissue engineering applications.
Carsten Werner presented a keynote Cell-instructive biohybrid hydrogels at Life Science Technology Day 2019 – Workshop on Biological Materials at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 11th, 2019. The KTH Life Science Technology day is an annual event to gather and inspire researchers at KTH in selected specific fields of biotechnology. Previous workshops have attracted several outstanding scholars, including the Nobel laureates like Stefan Hell and Kurt Wütrich.
Dr. Philipp Seib
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Title: "Silk: Discovery thread for healthcare applications"
December, 13, 2019, 14:00, MBC Seminar Room
Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Katrin Salchert on her election to be the new rector of the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTW Dresden / University of Applied Sciences Dresden) on December 10th. Katrin Salchert worked as a postdoc in the period of 2000 to 2007 at the IPF/Max Bergmann Center in the team of Carsten Werner before she was appointed Associate Professor for Biopolymers at the University of Applied Science Lausitz (BTU Cottbus – Senftenberg). In 2015, Katrin Salchert was appointed vice president for Knowledge- and Technology Transfer and Structure at BTU Cottbus – Senftenberg. – We wish her the best of success with her new leading position!
A cover was published in the current issue of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (volume 11, issue 45) featuring the article Temperature-Induced Mechanomodulation of Interpenetrating Networks of Star Poly(ethylene glycol)Heparin and Poly(Nisopropylacrylamide) by Jana Sievers, Stefan Zschoche, Ron Dockhorn, Jens Friedrichs, Carsten Werner and Uwe Freudenberg. The cover illustrates their approach to modulate the physical and biomolecular network properties of growth factor affine starPEG-heparin hydrogels by sequential interpenetrating network (seq-IPNs) formation with P(NIPAAm). The obtained thermoresponsive seq-IPNs showed an up to 50-fold amplified elastic modulus and increased release of growth factors upon temperature change from 22 to 37 °C.
Dr. Alessia Besford
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung e. V. Dresden, Germany
Institut Biofunktionelle Polymerforschung
"The Biomolecular Corona at the Bio-Nano Interface – Opportunities and Challenges"
November, 18, 2019, 10:00, MBC Seminar room
Congratulations to Carsten Werner on his recent appointment as a member to the National Academy of Science and Engineering - acatech. The Academy provides policymakers and society with independent, evidence-based advice that is in the public interest and by doing so aims to promote sustainable growth through innovation. acatech’s members are prominent scientists from the fields of engineering, the natural sciences and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences who collaborate on projects with external experts from science and industry, as well as participate in the Academy’s topic networks, where technical issues relating to the technological sciences and more general technology policy questions are discussed. acatech is mandated by the Federal Government of Germany and the Federal States to provide effective structures for the science-based discussion of strategic technology issues. All new acatech members 2019.  
Dimitri's talk "Microscale cryogels as devices for focal therapeutic delivery" has been awarded at the 15th International Saint Petersburg Conference of Young Scientists "Modern Problems of Polymer Science" on October 31st, 2019.