We are mainly interested in materials whose properties are dominated by their inner (composite materials, Inter-Phases) or outer interfaces (surfaces). Biological interfaces show special wetting-, adhesion, tribological-, permeability, mechanical, electrical or optical properties. This concerns static properties but as well especially dynamic properties (transport of energy and matter, reorganization, responsiveness, smart materials, surface-driven structure formation, adaptation, chemical reactivity).
• investigating and understanding function and assembly mechanisms of surfaces and interfaces in biological systems • transferring function and assembly mechanisms to artificial materials and technical processes. • Achieving fundamental understanding of processes that lead to functional structures • establishing structure-function relationships • novel applications and functional materials • interdisciplinary cooperation between biology, chemistry, Physics and Engineering and Material Sciences