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Biofabrication – Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov

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Research

The Ionov group seeks to utilize biologically inspired strategies to develop new functional and interactive 3-dimentional (bio-)materials based on stimuli-responsive polymers, actuated polymeric-based origami, self-folding films, and fibres for soft robotics, smart textiles, soft electronics, batteries and energy storage materials, tissue engineering and repair as well as for a variety of other scientific and industrial applications. Please see below for a description of our active research directions.

Biomaterials

Biomaterials

We are developing novel hydrogels and patterned polymeric materials for the encapsulation of cells, tissue engineering and use in regenerative medicine and general surgery. ...more


3D printing

3D printing and biofabrication

We are developing methods for 3D printing of novel polymeric and hybrid materials with advaced properties. We use 3D printing for design of biomaterials and tissue scaffolds. ...more


Shape-changing materials

Shape-changing materials

Inspired by an actuation in nature (e.g. cone, flowers – Venusfliegenfalle or Mimose) we are developing synthetic 3-dimensional actuated origami-inspired transformable materials. Synthetic strategies, fundamental understanding of mechanism of folding behavior and programmable design of 3D materials are in the focus of this project. ...more


Polymeric Fibres and Smart Textiles

Polymeric fibres and smart textiles

We are developing novel surface modification strategies for controlling of structure-dynamical properties of polymers and programmed design of shape changing polymeric fibres for smart textiles. ...more


Smart surfaces

Smart surfaces

We are developing novel coatings with switchable, superhydrophobic, anti-icing and self-healing properties. ...more


(Bio)catalysis

Biocatalysis

We exploit information gained from our basic studies on 3D microfabrication using biomimetic self - folding polymer films and stimuli-responsive polymeric systems in general for the design of self-propelled particles/microswimmers or hairy particles for controlled material transport and catalytic applications. ...more


Polymers for energy storage

Batteries and energy storage materials

Development of methods for storage of electrical energy has become highly important in recent time. Our interest is in the designing of new porous materials, polymer electrolytes and separators for Li-S batteries. ...more


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