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Polymer-based Biomaterials

Two fundamental challenges form the basis and the motivation for biomaterial research: First, there is a great demand for biomaterials with diverse functionalities for use in the development and application of regenerative therapies. Secondly, scientists have a fundamental interest in understanding the functions and the composition of biological materials so that they can use these as a blueprint for new materials.

For many years now, the broad clinical application of polymer-based implants and drug delivery systems as well as the use of synthetic materials in extracorporeal systems (e.g.artificial kidneys) have demonstrated the enormous potential of biomaterial-based therapies. Thus, the next generation of biomaterials is aimed not only at the temporary replacement of tissue or organ functions but also at inducing autologous regeneration in the human organism. The design of biomaterials is characterized by the complex requirements in relation to the features and functions of the material, which has to be tailored to fit each specific application.

You will find detailed information about the resesarch groups on the website of the Institute of Biomaterial Science of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht GmbH.


  • Obtain a detailed understanding of the response of cellular systems to chemical and physical stimuli or properties of polymer-based biomaterials
  • Usage of support/delivery systems, which by means of release or exposure of bioactive molecules, in combination with further material-based functionalities
  • Translation of the acquired knowledge to enhance polymer-based implants and drug release systems