F09: Porous biofunctional materials for biotechnological and environmental applications

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TopicF: Functional Materials, Surfaces, and Devices

Biotechnological processes offer great potential for resource-efficient, environmentally friendly production and purification of chemicals or pharmaceuticals and are recently also utilized for the generation of electricity. This symposium focuses on design, testing and manufacturing of materials for these purposes featuring pore structures at different length scales with embedded cells, enzymes or other biofunctional properties. A common challenge in this field is to design materials that are fully biocompatible and that can be used in high-throughput and continuous processes under flow conditions. Such materials can be based on hydrogels, ceramics, composites or other biocompatible materials. The materials can be fabricated via traditional methods, but a particular focus of the symposium lies on pore structures and shapes that can only be achieved via additive manufacturing.

Fundamental aspects covered in this interdisciplinary symposium are the mutual influence between the material features, surface functionalities, hydrodynamics as well as mass-transport and enzyme- or cell-specific properties.