Focus Area Biomaterials speaker Prof. Hendrik Dietz (2nd to the right) and his group explore nano fabrication using genetic material. (Image: Astrid Eckert)

Focus Area Biomaterials

Although a complete understanding of life as a complex hierarchical system controlled by biomolecules is not in reach, state-of-the-art scientific methods and engineering approaches allow studying the workings of biological systems with sufficient detail as to make the fundamental operation principles available for biotechnology and materials science applications.
Nature offers solutions that appear very attractive for future use in human technology. Such solutions may include ‘bio-inspired’ approaches to energy conversion and storage, enzyme-like chemical synthesis, and materials with special properties such as low-wear or super-lubrication.

Building on excellent transdisciplinary expertise at TUM ranging from chemistry, biology, physics, medicine to engineering, the Focus Area Biomaterials is dedicated to the analysis of the design principles of biological materials down to the molecular scale, to their abstraction, and translation into technology.