Stuttgart - Central Scientific Facility (CSF) Biomaterials

Central scientific facility (CSF) Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Boehm group and Cavalcanti-Adam group

The central scientific facility "Biomaterials" comprises two groups which are lead by Dr. Heike Boehm and Dr. Ada Cavalcanti-Adam. The CSF provides important techniques to characterize physical properties of biological or biomimetic materials. A key aspect herein lies in the investigation of basic functions and applications of nanoscopic biosystems. This is achieved on the one hand by designing, studying and characterizing a number of different crystalline, nanostructured, or biological materials. On the other hand, we are looking into the interactions of cellular model systems with liquid interfaces. To study the various topics, the CSF employs a number of cutting-edge methods and technologies including block copolymer micellar nanolithography, preparation of biomaterials such as hydrogels. Various methods based on fluorescence microscopy technique, Reflection Interference Contrast Microsscopy, Quarz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring, Atomic Force Microscopy as well as a large variety of molecular and cell biological methods.

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