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.


Improving the mechanical properties of elastomers

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at Lausanne's Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) are targeting the next generation of soft actuators and robots with an elastomer-based ink for 3D printing objects…

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Plastics soon to be more easily degradable?

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute and the Technical University of Darmstadt, have developed a new type of polymer - the main component of plastics - that is more easily…

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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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