Biogenic Materials Science and Engineering
Materials are if fundamental important for innovations in engineering as well as for the manufacturing of use items and consumer goods. Biogenic and biobased materials from renewable resources are a prerequisite for the sustainable production of advanced structural and functional materials for a variety of applications in all areas of industry (automotive, mechanical engineering, aviation), society (architecture, civil engineering, medicine) and environment (energy technology, recycling, biodegradation).
Archaeoinspired materials synthesis – Hotmelts from birch bark
In this project funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) novel biogenic hotmelt formulations based on birch bark with tailored properties via targeted functionalisation of birch bark pitch.
New old biopolymers – Cottonid
The biomechanical properties of cottonid – a fibre materials based on cellulose – are quantified in this project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) with respect to its actuation characteristics in cooperation with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Walther (TU Dortmund).
Tailored Disorder SPP1839
Natural and artificially optimised optical materials are studied in this DFG Pritority Programme (SPP1839, spokesman Cordt Zollfrank) with respect to fundamental scientific questions and various topics of material science and engineering. Using inspiration from biological systems, results from physics, chemical approaches and validation from simulation the SPP will enable the design of novel advanced photonic materials.