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.


Synthesizing artificial cells

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers have published a groundbreaking study in the journal Nature Chemistry on the development of artificial cells using synthetic materials. These cells could represent…

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Creating nanoscale structures

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers have developed a method to build nanostructures by combining materials in such a way that these retain their unique specificities, while potentially unlocking new…

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"Zisch!" brings science experiments to a wider audience

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials has published a German translation of its collection of fun science experiments for primary-school children in collaboration with its partners from the Universities of Fribourg…

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