Institute of Functional Interfaces
Sonja Leopold

M.Sc. Sonja Leopold

Research project

Synthesis and characterization of biopolymer-based hydrogels for the production of 3D printed organ models.

Over the past few years the production of artificial tissue and organ models for the application in regenerative medicine and the pharmaceutical industry has gained more and more interest. For this purpose suitable materials are required that mimic the natural environment of the cells and enable three-dimensional cultivation. The focus of my doctoral project is on the synthesis und characterization of biopolymer-based materials that possess the required properties and can be used as bioink for different 3D bioprinting methods. Furthermore, the hydrogels should have cell-specific properties which, for example, promote the proliferation and differentiation of certain stem cells.