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.


Mother of pearl inspires better composites

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) are investigating improved composites, using nacre found in mollusk shells as an example of lightweight…

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Our latest activities report

The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials' latest activities report showcases some of our most important recent research breakthroughs. From blue halos that attract bees to vaccine delivery inspired by spider silk,…

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ERC grant brings further international recognition for NCCR biologist

Stefano Vanni, a Professor at the Department of biology at the University of Fribourg and NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials PI, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant. Professor…

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