Polymer systems to emulate living matter, Carsten Werner, biofunctional polymer materials (IPF + CRTD)
Tube like structures formed by endothelial cells grown on biohybrid gels
Embryonic kidney of the mouse cultivated in a new developed organ culture system
Human hematopoetic stem cell growing within fibronectin-coated microcavities

Biologically inspired polymers can shift the boundaries between living and man-made systems. To make this happen, we implement fundamental biological functions such as recognition, assembly, and adaptation in polymer-based, bioconjugated surfaces and engineered matrices.

Charge and Structure at Bio-Interfaces:

New tools and methods are developed and implemented to analyze and control ionic charge, supramolecular structure and bioadhesion at solid/liquid interfaces.

Hemocompatible Interfaces:

Blood-material interactions are systematically explored through in vitro, whole blood incubation studies that enable the development of anticoagulant coatings containing various types of natural and synthetic inhibitor molecules.

Matrix Engineering:

Reconstituted, biopolymer matrices and modular, biofunctional hydrogels are designed for the exo-genous control of cell fate decisions and tissue formation. The resulting permutations are used in bioartifical stem cell microenvironments and morphogenetic matrices for in vivo tissue engineering strategies.