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.
Women in STEM
Encouraging female researchers
Ahead of the national women's strike on June 14, NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Equal Opportunities Delegate, Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, talked to Fribourg newspaper La Liberté about how she tries…
Polymers to give early warning signs
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI), and colleagues at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a method to tailor the properties of stress-indicating molecules…
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…
No more guessing
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…
Hot off the press
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…