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Press release of University of Fribourg (D/F/E)
Factsheet on NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials (D/F/E)
NCCR program of Swiss National Science Foundation (link)

Examples of materials studied by individual research groups that participate in the new NCCR:

Picture of a color-changing "chameleon" polymer. The mechanochemical transduction mechanism used relies on mechanically responsive supramolecular motifs, a concept that is also found in Nature
(Copyrights: A. Elena; Source: University of Fribourg)
Electron microscopy picture of a synthetic sea shell. The remarkable strength of this composite material originates from the aligned magnetic nanoparticles, which mimic the natural architecture that is found in sea shells
(Copyrights: A. Studart and R. Libanori; Source: ETH Zurich)
The 3D confocal microscopy picture shows synthetic gold nanoparticles (green) that have been taken up by a human immune cell (yellow). The surface of the nanoparticles has been designed to control their specific interactions with cells, a concept that can also be found in attenuated viruses that are used as vaccines
(Copyrights: K. Fytianos; Source: Adolphe Merkle Insitute)

Examples of biological systems that serve as inspiration for stimuli-responsive materials studied in the new National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for Bio-Inspired Stimuli-Responsive Materials at the University of Fribourg.

Hair bundles in the inner ear that transduce mechanical motion into electrical signals
(Source: Thinkstock)
Chameleon skin in which color changes are achieved through spatial reorganization of pigments
(Source: Thinkstock)
Virus with a specific surface structure that facilitates penetration through cell membranes
(Source: Thinkstock)
Red blood cells, which coagulate as a result of signal amplification triggered by an open wound
(Source: Thinkstock)
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