Research

 

The basic research theme of the NCCR is to use inspiration from Nature for the design of artificial materials that can change their properties “on command” - in other words in response to an external stimulus. These materials, sometimes referred to as “smart” or “intelligent”, are of fundamental scientific interest and potentially useful in countless applications that range from climate control for buildings to drug delivery systems.

In Phase 1 (2014-2018) and Phase 2 (2018-2022), the NCCR scientists opened new research areas and new research opportunities in existing areas including Nature-inspired polymer recycling, high-throughput emulsification, new displacement-type mechanophores and organoids on-a-chip with the potential to enable the generation of physiologically relevant human tissues and organs.

With the support from the SNSF and its Home Institution, the University of Fribourg, the Center has now started its third and final funding phase (2022-2026) with the goals to continue carrying out paradigm-changing research, increase the number of collaborations across disciplines, focus on the translation of bio-inspired materials research carried out by its members and consolidate the structure of a Center that will carry the legacy of the NCCR beyond the end of Phase 3.

In Phase 3, the NCCR’s research program is organized in three topical modules that focus on mechano-responsive materials, photonic materials and responsive bio-interfaces, and a module with four translation-oriented projects.

If you would like to read more about our research and other activities, you can get the latest news here, or consult our research stories here.

Module 1: Mechanically responsive materials
Module 1: Mechanically responsive materials
Module 2: Photonic materials
Module 2: Photonic materials
Module 3: Responsive bio-interfaces
Module 3: Responsive bio-interfaces
Translation projects
Translation projects
Other research projects
Other research projects
Research stories
Research stories
Publications & Datasets
Publications & Datasets
Good scientific practices
Good scientific practices
Completed projects
Completed projects