The surface nanopatterns we create by self-assembly techniques allow for a tailored modification of the material surfaces in terms of site-selective chemical contrasts and topographies. Such controllable nanopattern arrays are perfect playground for the investigation of biological systems interacting with surfaces:
- The understanding of cell-surface interactions is in particular of interest in biomedicine and could largely improve the compatibility of implants.
- The controlled positioning of bio units such as DNA origami could pave the way towards biomolecular electronic.
- The creation of protein arrays on large-area surfaces could be applied as biodegradable, self-healing coatings.
In order to reach such goals, we adjust the features (size, material) of our self-assembled nanopatterns to the application needs and join our knowledge with collaborators from biomechanics, bionanotechnology and biomaterial science.