Materials Development

New biological materials from the matrix of tissues, bio-inspired structures and biofunctional or biologised surfaces will in future ensure that medical devices, prostheses and implants are better tolerated. With materials that imitate the biochemical and mechanical properties of natural tissue, irritations in the organism can be minimized and a longer durability can be achieved: Ideally, biomimetic biomaterials will be available in the future that can be fully integrated by the body.

Your challenge

They require surfaces and materials for medical devices, prostheses and implants that are well-tolerated in order to minimize irritations in the organism and achieve a longer durability. Or biomaterials that release active ingredients in the body or are completely resorbed.

 

Our expertise: biological materials and biologised surfaces

We develop materials that can fulfil a specific function in the biological environment. The starting materials are biological molecules or synthetic polymers. In particular, we develop hydrogels as tissue-like matrices or as release systems, biofunctional particles, as well as membranes, fibers and nonwovens for use in medical technology.

 

Our offer: Chemical syntheses and extraction of biomaterials

We are happy to support your biomaterial development in the conception, with our laboratory expertise, consulting and analytics.

  • Modification of biomolecules
    • Introduction of crosslinkable functions, masking and anchor molecules
  • Extraction from cells and tissues
    • Collagen isolation
    • recombinant production of extracellular matrix
    • tissue-specific clickEC
  • Polymer-Synthesis
    • Polymers and copolymers with defined functional groups
    • Hydrogels

Applications

  • Medical devices
  • Implant development
  • Release of active substances
  • Biosensorics
  • Tissue engineering

Functional polymeric foams


We have developed a one-step synthesis strategy for the simple production of macroporous polymer foams with functional groups that can be easily implemented via so-called click reactions.

SynElast - New hydrogels on the way to elastic biomaterials


Finally, the investigation of cell adhesion and cell proliferation through the cultivation of cells on the polymeric scaffold structures developed in this way will provide information on cell-material interaction and thus on the suitability of the material for tissue engineering.

New materials for the life sciences - Multifunctional PEG


Development of polymer-analogous and monomer-based synthesis strategies for novel multifunctional PEGs in which the chemically reactive functional groups are present in side chains of the PEG

ArtiVasc 3D - Flowable tissue models


Integrate different technologies from rapid prototyping and biofunctionalization into a process that enables the construction of vascular vessels in combination with a carrier system.

Laser printing polymer particles for biomaterial applications


In the project, a new process is being investigated in which the use of different toner components ensures that the spatial arrangement of even complex structures is preserved.