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New project on the reduction of fibroblast adhesion

Scar formation is the most prominent complication after Glaucoma treatment via Trabeculectomy. It is usually triggered by tenon fibroblasts which quickly adhere to the opening and trigger unwanted wound healing. In an interdisciplinary project with the Ophthalmic Clinic Freiburg we plan to reduce scar formation by reducing fibroblast adhesion at the surgical site. The project has now gained funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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New publication on tailor-made polymer multilayers

New publication on tailor-made polymer multilayers

Advanced Functional Materials has now published our work on the generation of tailor-made polymer multilayers via thermally reactive polymers. Monolithic surface architectures are generated via C,H insertion reactions.

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Surface-attached hydrogels for microarray based immunoassays

Surface-attached hydrogels for microarray based immunoassays

A promising pathway to improve on the sensitivity of protein microarrays is to immobilize the capture antibodies in a three dimensional hydrogel matrix. We describe a simple method based on printing of an aqueous protein solution containing a photosensitive polymer and the capture antibody onto a plastic chip surface.

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Prof. Dr. Christoph Naumann visiting

Prof. Dr. Christoph Naumann visiting

Prof. Dr. Christoph Naumann from the Chemistry Department of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis is currently visiting CPI.

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CPI at the 2013 IRTG Discussion Meeting

CPI at the 2013 IRTG Discussion Meeting

The International Research and Training Group on Soft Matter Science (IRTG SoMaS) had its third Discussion Meeting at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Schluchsee. "Challenges and Prospects of Soft Matter at Interfaces" was a topic that demanded a good share of people from CPI.

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CPI Group Seminars Summer 2013

We continue our regular group meetings in summer 2013. All interested IMTEK members are cordially invited. Check back for quite frequent updates to this schedule.

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Unusual tribochemical polishing

Unusual tribochemical polishing

A DFG-funded project with collaborators from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) and the Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum (FMF) has revealed a rather special case of tribochemical polishing which leads to a ultralow coefficient of friction between two steel surfaces.

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New publication on bioinert hydrogel coatings

New publication on bioinert hydrogel coatings

Any artificial surface that is brought into the blood stream may cause thrombus formation. We have developed surface coatings that may minimize this risk. Now we have reported some of the mechanisms that may prevent such dangerous complications and we are now in a better position to predict the behavior of many materials in this regard.

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C.K. Pandiyarajan wrapped up his thesis

C.K. Pandiyarajan - aka Pandi - has successfully defended his PhD thesis on poly (alkyl acrylamide) coatings and their interaction with blood components.

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New publication on superhydrophobic surfaces

New publication on superhydrophobic surfaces

Super hydrophobic surfaces always require nanosized roughness features. However, these are intrinsically fragile and are easily destroyed even by small forces (touching, rubbing). Jonas Groten describes surfaces that retain most of their superhydrophobic character even after mechanical damage.

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CPI New Years Reception 2013

There is a certain tradition at CPI: Christmas Receptions are pushed back into January and pragmatically renamed to New Years Reception

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Group Meetings in early 2013

We continue our regular group meetings in early 2013. All interested IMTEK members are cordially invited. Check back for updates to this schedule.

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Prof. Haining Zhang visiting

Haining Zhang a CPI graduate of 2003 recently visited his old lab.

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