CeNTech R & D


Nano-Biotechnology

Dr. Seda Kehr

The research group Nano-biomaterials of Dr. Nermin Seda Kehr focuses on the syntheses and spatial controlled functionalizations of porous nanoparticles (NPs), preparation of their self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and nanocomposite (NC) hydrogels as 2D and 3D biomaterials for biotechnological applications. We are particularly interested in the synthesis and selective external and internal surface functionalization of silica based porous NPs. These multi-functionalized NPs are used for the preparation of 2D and 3D biomaterials to study cell-materials interactions. Additionally, we utilize multi-functionalized NPs as nanocontaines for drug delivery and specific targeting applications.

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Dr. Seda Kehr

Prof. Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher

Prof. Moerschbacher and his group focus on the knowledge-based development of bio- and nanobiotechnological applications of chitosans, perhaps the most promising functional biopolymer and an almost unlimited renewable resource. The subgroup located at the CeNTech is working on the development of innovative microfluidic chips combining 3D cell culture, e.g. in chitosan beads, and single-cell analysis. With support from the EXIST Scholarship (BMWi), the group aims to found a Spin-Off company that provides new microfluidic cell culture systems in particular for immunology, oncology, and stem cell biology. Supported also by Prof. Francisco Goycoolea, the current work focuses on the development of prototypes, microfluidic chips, and novel hydrogels that will be evaluated in close collaboration with different groups from the WWU Muenster University, the UKM, and the CeNTech.

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Prof. Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher

Dr. Kristina Riehemann

The nano-medicine Group of Dr. K. Riehemann at CeNTech, Münster uses nano-materials applicable for medical purposes e.g. during inflammation or, optimized nano-structures that reduce inflammation, for prosthetics. Nano-analytics methods, like Atomic force microscopy (AFM), are used to understand subcellular processes during inflammatory processes and nano-biotechnology manipulates cells via nano-structures on the surface of materials according to medical needs. The group investigates the interaction of nanoparticles/nanostructured surfaces and cells of the immune system. In close cooperation to material science nanoparticles are characterized with regard to there the biomedical risk and benefit.

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Dr. Kristina Riehemann