Carsten Werner Group
Biofunctional polymer materials
Biologically inspired polymer materials can shift the boundaries between living and man-made systems. We work to recapitulate fundamental biological functions such as recognition, assembly, and adaptation in polymer-based, bioconjugated surfaces and engineered matrices.
Charge and structure at bio-interfaces: New tools and methods are developed and implemented to analyze and control ionic charge, molecular transport, supramolecular structure and bioadhesion at solid/liquid interfaces.
Hemocompatible interfaces: Blood-material interactions are systematically explored through whole blood incubation studies that enable the development of anticoagulant coatings containing various types of natural and synthetic inhibitor molecules.
Matrix engineering: Decellularized or reconstituted biopolymer matrices and modular, biofunctional hydrogels are designed to create cell-instructive microenvironments and morphogenetic matrices for regenerative therapies.
Future Projects and Goals
We aim at developing bio-responsive polymer systems to enable in vivo tissue engineering schemes.