NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials is based at the University of Fribourg. This interdisciplinary center is an internationally recognized hub for paradigm-shifting research, innovation, and education in the domain of “smart” materials whose function and design are inspired by nature.


Watching polymers heal

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute have developed a method to monitor the healing process of polymers and discovered that a much thicker interphase is required for…

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NCCR start-up Microcaps raises CHF 5 million

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials start-up Microcaps, a developer of formulation, processes and equipment to generate precision microcapsules, has announced that it has closed a CHF 5 million seed financing…

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Reducing pesticide use with nanoparticles

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Biology at the University of Fribourg, have discovered how certain silica nanoparticles…

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