Bioactive Inorganic Scaffolds
The development of inorganic scaffold materials for bone regeneration at FMZ is based on reactive calcium- and magnesium phosphates
The core research interest of the biofabrication platform is the use of automated printing technologies to generate cell-material constructs with controlled 3D morphology.
The interaction of different cell types with materials developed and investigated by the FMZ is object of the competence team (Micro) Biology.
In their natural environment, cells are surrounded by a matrix that enables their survival and determines their adhesion, growth, proliferation, migration, differentiation and function.
Nanoparticles are big enough to take up and transport drugs but also small enough to be taken up by cells and to use active biological transport mechanisms.
The Department for Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry is located within the university hospital at the Röntgenring area. Our mission is the development of innovative bio-compatible and bioactive materials for applications in biomedical basic research and applications in humans with focus on regenerative materials and therapies. Our interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, pharmacists, and physicists in cooperation with clinicians is engaged in realizing the mission statement “higher quality of life through innovative materials”.
Cutting edge material science defines all research areas of the Department for Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry. This is reflected in numerous outstanding publications, invited presentations and our global reputation.
Research activities are tailored for the special needs of the respective clinical challenge and divided into the five competence fields; Bioactive Inorganic Scaffolds, Biofabrication, Biology, Hierarchical Systems and NanoBio-Technology. These activities are financially supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), the European Research Council (ERC) and the European Union (EFRE Bavaria).