Research Interest

Biointerface Science

Whenever artificial surfaces get in contact with the environment, biological liquids, or the human body, biology starts attachment and interaction. The goal of biointerface science is to develop coatings that control this interaction and either inhibit nonspecific attachment or cause specific responses. Inert surfaces are required for a broad range of applications such as low-fouling coatings for sea- and freshwater applications, easily cleanable devices and sensor surfaces, non-clogging reverse osmosis modules, polymer matrices for sensor applications, protection of heat exchange modules, antiseptic wound dressings, or to protect implants. Coatings equipped with dedicated functionality can specifically interact with biologically important molecules, trigger the attachment of specific cells, or release active substances to accomplish a specific response.