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.

CROP PROTECTION

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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COMPOSITE POLYMERS

Narrowing the gap between natural and synthetic materials

Skin and cartilage are both strong and flexible - properties that are hard to replicate in artificial materials. But a new fabrication process, developed by NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials scientists at EPFL,…

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GUT INSTINCT

Next-gen organoids grow and function like real tissues

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at Lausanne's Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have created miniature intestines in a dish that match up anatomically and functionally to the real thing better…

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