A flash in the night
Nocturnal moth displays dynamic wing coloration
Animals that are active at night are thought to rely on senses other than vision, but a new study led by researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI), has discovered a nocturnal moth with wing patterns that produce some highly unusual optical effects.
Novel printing technique for glass structures
Stereolithography, one of the most common 3D printing technologies, has so far remained inaccessible to processing of functional glass structures. Now, NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at ETH Zürich…
Simulating embryo formation
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers have used a microfluidic device to model embryonic formation with stem cells, paving the way for more controlled growth of specific human tissues in the laboratory.
Medicines made of solid gold
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials funded research on the effects of gold nanoparticles on certain types of immune cell is paving the way for more effective vaccines and therapies.
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…
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…
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.