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Interfacial Process Design

Adaptive Bio-Interface Design

The development of adaptive bio-interfaces for new materials is a complex field of research with a wide range of applications.

Dopamine, which is structurally based on a catechol building block, plays a central role as a film former. Through an adsorptive entropy gain and a variety of possible interaction mechanisms, such as comproportionation, oligomerisation, polymerisation, self-assembly, hydrogen bonding, π-π-, dipole-dipole, electrostatic, van der Waals interactions or complex formation, universal adhesion to both hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces results.
The bio-interfaces can be used in different research areas, such as surface functionalisation, compatibilisation of composite or hybrid materials.

The central topics in the WG span research fields on biocompatibility of polymer materials, hybrid material development, environmental protection and recycling in plastics processing technology.