University Hospital Würzburg

University Hospital Würzburg

University Hospital Würzburg (UKW)
Pleicherwall 2
97070 Würzburg
Germany

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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Groll

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Groll

Phone: +49 931 201 73610
Fax: +49 931 201 73500

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Dr. rer. nat. habil. Jörg Teßmar

Dr. rer. nat. habil. Jörg Teßmar
Faculty (Project Coordination)

Phone: +49 931 201 73720
Fax: +49 931 201 73500

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Dipl. Chem. Simone Stichler

Dipl. Chem. Simone Stichler
PhD student (Cartilage Glue)

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M. Sc. Sarah  Bertlein

M. Sc. Sarah  Bertlein
PhD student (Collagen Hydrogels)

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M. Eng. Gernot Hochleitner
PhD student (3D Fabrication)

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Institute presentation

The Department for Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry (FMZ) is a material research department that is situated at the University Hospital Würzburg. Its infrastructure covers the complete value chain of material development, including chemistry laboratories, physical and material characterization labs including state of the art analytical methods, S2 biological laboratories that are accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and DIN ISO 10993-5, S2/L2 microbiological laboratories and a S2 biochemistry laboratory.

This interdisciplinary environment enables biologists, chemists, physicists and material scientists at FMZ in cooperation with clinicians to develop, evaluate and tailor functional materials for application in the human body and use in medical products. The research at the Department is organised in five platforms: “NanoBiotechnology”, “Artificial Extracellular Matrix”, “(Micro)-Biology”, “Biointerface Engineering” and “Bioactive Inorganic Scaffolds”. Research activities within these platforms comprise surface modification of functional materials, rapid-prototyping of patient specific implants, biological testing of materials, nanotechnology and the development of polymers and polymer-based materials such as fibres, hydrogels and nanogels.

Currently, new faculty positions on cellular biophysics and biofabrication are being installed at the department, which will complement the current platforms and strengthen the research activities for 3D assembly of biomaterials and/or cells for the generation of hierarchical scaffolds and implants.