Chemistry and Physics of Interfaces

A small, sharp eye A small, sharp eye

Hans Zappe is developing an automatic, autonomous microcamera with chemical “muscles” which could be used in endoscopes and other applications

Self-Shedding Surfaces Self-Shedding Surfaces

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop an alternative approach. In the future, medical devices or sensors made from functional polymers may be able to “shed” their surface when they are exhausted, allowing them to regenerate and be reused.

First Collaborative Research Center (SFB) at IMTEK First Collaborative Research Center (SFB) at IMTEK

Five laboratories of IMTEK contribute to the SFB/Transregio “Planar Optronic Systems,” which will be distributed among several locations. It will receive a total of 9.8 million euros. The German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the decision on Novmeber, 21 in Bonn.

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