In order to understanding failure mechanisms in biological tissues, X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) enables researchers to track microdamage initiation and progression. In this study, Gianluca Tozzi from the school of Mechanical and Design Engineering at the University of Portsmouth investigates the mechanical performance & interplay of a cartilage-bone interface. The goal: Contribute to the understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of osteoarthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide.
Scientists are trying to find a way to produce synthetic materials with a strength and toughness comparable to that of spider silk. To support the design of such a novel polymer fiber, researchers at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Bayreuth conducted microscopic characterization of a novel polymer fiber using SEM and XRM. The goal: Reaching a better understanding of the link between microstructure, process and property.
In this study, researchers from the Divison for Microstructure based Materials Design (mikroMD) at University of Halle-Wittenberg and Fraunhofer IMWS investigated gelatin nanofibers, using X-ray microsopy to analyze their porosity, pore size & morphology. The goal: Gain beneficial insights for the design and fabrication of novel fibrous materials for tissue engineering.
Juliana Martins de Souza e Silva, Cristine Santos de Oliveira, Ralf B. Wehrspohn | Divison for Microstructure based Materials Design – mikroMD, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
The division has its core competencies in the development of application-specific 2D and 3D micro- and nanostructured materials. It uses simulation methods to predict the properties and microstructuring processes and develops adapted mechanical, optical and electro-optical characterization methods.
Tobias Hedtke, Christian E. H. Schmelzer | Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS
Thanks to its interdisciplinary expertise in materials and life sciences, Fraunhofer IMWS is in a position to provide industrial customers with scientific and technical advice on issues in the fields of medicine, care, and the environment. The focus here lies on materials research for dental and personal care products, the development and characterization of biomaterials for medical devices and the biofunctionalization of surfaces.
Xiaojian Liao, Seema Agarwal, Andreas Greiner | Macromolecular Chemistry and Bavarian Polymer Institute, University of Bayreuth, Germany
The department for Macromolecular Chemistry has research expertise in the synthesis, characterization, and practical application of polymers and low-molecular functional and structural materials. Close cooperation is maintained with the departments of Physical Chemistry and Experimental Physics at the University of Bayreuth as well as with foreign universities and industry.
Gianluca Tozzi | Zeiss Global Centre, School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, University of Portsmouth, UK
The school is driven to make the world a better place through smarter thinking and design. One area of expertise is biomedical engineering, where the school is working at the interface of engineering, life sciences and biomedical sciences to deliver research with socioeconomic impact – including health technology and bio-inspired materials.