European funding to help find order amid chaos
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Principal Investigator, Professor Ullrich Steiner (Soft Matter Physics, Adolphe Merkle Institute), has been awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. Worth 2.5 million over five years, the grant will fund research into furthering the understanding of structural color found in nature.
A new method to help eradicate malaria
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at the University of Fribourg's Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) have discovered a novel method to detect the presence of malaria parasites in blood samples. This…
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A sensor for cork taint
The presence of the molecule responsible for cork taint can now be clearly identified, thanks to a recently developed sensor that can detect even the slightest traces of the most common wine fault. Further…
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A special NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials issue of CHIMIA
The Swiss Chemical Society's journal CHIMIA has released a special issue dedicated to the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, providing an overview of the research and other activities carried out by Center staff.
Malaria project awarded innovation prize
The Hemolytics malaria diagnosis project supported by the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials has taken third prize at the Ypsomed Innovation Fund's Innovation Award for research, development and technology transfer.
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…
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,…
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…
New mechanism opens door to more vivid colors
Researchers from the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials and Yale-NUS College in Singapore have discovered a novel color-generation mechanism in nature, which if harnessed, has the potential to create cosmetics…
Delivering cancer vaccines to the heart of immune cells
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers from the universities of Geneva and Fribourg, as well colleagues from Munich, and Bayreuth, in collaboration with the German company AMSilk, have developed spider…