This topic is dedicated to the field of molecular bionics and deals with the generation and characterization of novel complex-structured multifunctional materials, which cannot be obtained by conventional processing routes. With regard to materials formation gene-regulated processes and principles of living nature, which occur at ambient conditions, are considered. Further main objectives are the structural characterization as well as the physical and chemical properties of the prepared materials combined with computational modeling.
• in vivo processes: Formation of functional materials by living organisms under genetic control. • in vitro processes: Materials generation by bioinspired self-organization. • Access to novel materials (bioorganic/inorganic) and combinations of properties in order to open up new fields of application for functional materials. • Networking of research groups within the fields materials science and engineering, biology, chemistry and physics. • Initiation of joint research projects between universities, research institutes and industry.