News Biomaterials & Biomolecular Systems

  • Petra Mela, Professor of Medical Materials and Implants at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and doctoral candidate Kilian Meuller examine an artificial heart valve produced with the additive manufacturing technology melt electrowriting. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

    Scaffolds created by melt electrowriting aim to support new tissue formation

    3D printed, bioinspired heart valves

    02 June 2022 | Researchers have developed 3D printed artificial heart valves designed to allow a patient’s own cells to form new tissue. 

  • Ceren Kimna, doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Munich, examines the newly developed film for wound healing. Image: Astrid Eckert / TUM

    Biomolecular film adheres to sensitive tissue and releases active ingredients

    Multi-functional bandage helps wounds to heal

    30 May 2022 | Biomolecular film adheres to sensitive tissue and releases active ingredients

  • Hendrik Dietz, Professor for Biomolecular Nanotechnology

    „Faszination Forschung“ (issue 27)

    Quarantine for Viruses

    28 January 2022 | The TUM science magazine features Prof. Hendrik Dietz and his research.

  • Lined on the inside with virus-binding molecules, nano shells made of DNA material bind viruses tightly and thus render them harmless. Image: Elena-Marie Willner / DietzLab

    Hollow nano-objects made of DNA could trap viruses and render them harmless

    The virus trap

    15 July 2021 | To date, there are no effective antidotes against most virus infections. An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a new approach: they engulf and neutralize viruses with nano-capsules tailored from genetic material using the DNA origami method. 

  • “The Cut and Restore protein trick”. Image: Barth van Rossum

    The Cut and Restore Protein Trick: Self-excising designer proteins report isoform expression

    8 June 2021 | Our proteome is much bigger than our genome because one gene produces several variants of proteins called protein isoforms, whose disbalance is implicated in many diseases. A new bioengineered reporter system developed at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich now allows for the first time to follow protein isoform expression over time in live cells. 

  • ERC Advanced Grants will provide funding for ground-breaking research projects at TUM. These include a digital lung model that could represent a decisive step toward personalized medicine. Image: Jakob Richter / Ebenbuild / TUM

    EU funding for cutting-edge research

    27 April 2021 |  Four ERC Advanced Grants for TUM scientists. Two of them for the MSB-PIs Hendrik Dietz and Wolfgang Wall. 

  • Prof. Oliver Lieleg and Ceren Kimna are conducting research on nanoparticles that release drugs precisely into the affected cells. Image: Uli Benz / TUM

    Nanoparticles with synthetic DNA can control release of drugs

    Secure nano-carrier delivers medications directly to cells

    29 September 2020 | Nanoparticles with synthetic DNA can control release of drugs to reduce unwanted side-effects of medications

  • Cell cluster and fluorescent (red) nano switches. Image: Benjamin Kick, Klaus Wagenbauer, Jonas Funke / TUM

    Switch for antibodies to reduce side-effects in modern cancer therapies

    Activating medications with DNA

    20 July 2020 | As part of the LOGIBODY project, TUM researchers develop a DNA nanoswitch to reduce side-effects of cancer therapies 

  • Logo of the Virofight consortium. It shows a drawing of a virus enclosed in a hexagon. The inscription underneath says "Novel nano-technology to contain viruses"

    European research consortium VIROFIGHT to advance novel treatment against viruses

    Fighting viral infections with engulfing nano-shells

    13 July 2020 | European research consortium VIROFIGHT to advance novel treatment against viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, HIV, influenza and hepatitis viruses.

  • The lubrication technology for the implant will be based on the interaction between different kinds of polymer molecules. While molecules of one kind will be attached to the inner surface of the implant, others will be dispersed in the fluid. Image: Maria Bauer / TUM

    EU supports development of novel implantation techniques for finger joints affected by osteoarthritis

    Restoring Mobility to Finger Joints

    03 Jan 2020 | Seven partners collaborating in the European research project APRICOT aim to develop a radically new type of implant for the treatment of osteoarthritis of small joints in the hand.