Soft Matter Technology at KIT: Chemical Perspective from Nanoarchitectures to Microstructures
Grosjean, S. / Wawryszyn, M. / Mutlu, H. / Bräse, S. / Lahann, J. / Theato, P. (2019)
Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1806334. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201806334
- Date: Februar 2019
Bioinspiration has emerged as an important design principle in the rapidly growing field of materials science and especially its subarea, soft matter science. For example, biological cells form hierarchically organized tissues that not only are optimized and designed for durability, but also have to adapt to their external environment, undergo self‐repair, and perform many highly complex functions. Being able to create artificial soft materials that mimic those highly complex functions will enable future materials applications. Herein, soft matter technologies that are used to realize bioinspired material structures are described, and potential pathways to integrate these into a comprehensive soft matter research environment are addressed. Solutions become available because soft matter technologies are benefitting from the synergies between organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, and materials science.