Implants and Biointerfaces

The clinical needs of implant materials and biointerfaces are diverse: integration of metals or ceramics into bone, integration – or in some cases non-integration – of materials into tissue, compatibility of various materials with blood to name some. Coatings with active ingredients provide surfaces that can trigger a specific cell and tissue response, for example for appropriate biological response. Antimicrobial surfaces help to prevent or reduce bacterial infections of materials implanted into or in contact with the human body. Biointerfaces can further provide specific functions for sensing concepts.

  • In this module we design, develop and engineer implantable (bio)materials for tissue repair, tissue regeneration and tissue engineering.
  • Our concepts include bioactive and bioinstructive materials which promote enhancement of tissue repair and function.

 

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The module Implants and Biointerfaces exploits highly interdisciplinary approaches, aims at scientific excellence in a highly collaborative manner and has strong links to industry as well as clinical partners. The latter help to define new targets for our research. Our goal is to capitalize on our interdisciplinary strength in material research, while translating key discoveries toward clinical applications. Our focus is to elucidate the response of different cells and tissues, their specific adjustments and modifications at the interface to biomaterials.