Research Area

Biomaterials

Surface Functionalization

The optimal design of the material-tissue interface is crucial for the successful healing of an implant, both in terms of functionality and durability. For this reason, our R&D activities are focused on two major current issues:

  • Improving the ingrowth behavior of conventional implants into the surrounding tissue through suitable surface functionalization

  • Prophylaxis and suppression of implant-associated microbial infections

The following surface functionalization or coating methods are processed in our department:

  • Cell-adhesion-promoting coatings for metallic and ceramic surfaces based on cell adhesion peptides
  • Coatings based on sulfated glycosaminoglycan derivatives
  • Functionalization of PEEK surfaces
  • Release systems for growth factors
  • Layer systems containing antibiotics
  • Coatings based on cationic polymer systems
  • Sol-gel coatings with antibacterial efficacy

Dr. Matthias Schnabelrauch

Head of Department
Biomaterials

e-mail
Phone: +49 3641 282512

Dr. Ralf Wyrwa

Head of Department
Biomaterials

e-mail
Phone: +49 3641 282512