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In this project we use tobacco mosaic viruses (TMV) as template in bio-inspired mineralization processes to produce bio/inorganic hybrid semiconductive layers with transistor properties. We will extend the successfully commenced work of the first funding period on establishing biomineralization processes for inorganic oxides to mineralization of metal-doped nanomaterials. The precise goal is... (read more)

Bill, Stuttgart
Eiben, Stuttgart
Schneider, Darmstadt




Diatom Nanobiotechnology: Design Principles for Enhancing the Catalytic Activities of Enzymes and Metal Nanoparticles immobilized on Diatom Biosilicia

Diatoms are single-celled microorganisms capable of forming remarkable SiO2 (silica) based cell walls. Diatom biosilica exhibits hierarchical patterns of nano- to microscale features, which endow the material with interesting properties that are difficult to reproduce synthetically. The project combines methods for the deposition of inorganic... (read more)

Brunner, Dresden
Kröger, Dresden


Fabrication of 2D magnetic nanostructures via  a knowledge-based biomimetic approach supported by atomistic modelling 
Colombi Ciacchi, Bremen
Treccani, Bremen



Multifunctional Layered Magnetite Composites 

As a scaffold for the organic-inorganic hybrid material the demineralized organic chitin matrix of nacre is used. The scaffold will be filled with gelatin gel as a mimic for the natural silk hydrogel, a scheme of the synthetic concept can be seen in image A). In this gel matrix, magnetic nanoparticles will be synthesized with and without the control of... (read more)

Cölfen, Konstanz
Faivre, Potsdam
Pipich, Jülich
Zahn, Erlangen


Bio-inorganic hybrid membranes with nanoporosity control by genetically engineered viral seal rings

Robust bio/inorganic hybrid membranes with extensive arrays of homogenous protein nano-pores: such novel filter media would be of high interest for numerous applications and might be accessible by a fabrication route exploiting both modern nanoscale solid state technologies and biologically optimized material formation... (read more)

Gliemann, Karlsruhe
Plettl, Ulm
Wege, Stuttgart



SpiderMAEN: Recombinant Spider Silk-based Hybrid Materials for Advanced Energy Technology

The project proposed here focuses on the synthesis of recombinant proteins based on spider silk. Specifically, peptide sequences known to bind to inorganic materials such as titania, silver, and gold shall be incorporated into the spider silk. Electrospinning will yield fibers and fiber mats to be used as templates / matrices for mineralization of the... (read more)

Scheibel, Bayreuth
Taubert, Potsdam



Fabrication of nanomagnetic hybrid materials by genetic engineering and functionalization of bacterial magnetosomes
Schüler, Planegg