Our area of research is microfluidics. It involves the manipulation and processing of fluids and gases in small amounts or with small-size systems.
We cooperate in a strategic alliance with Hahn-Schickard and develop application-oriented solutions in the following areas:
We develop contact-free dosage systems for volumes of liquid in the micro range. We also work with difficult media such as dissolved particles or living cells at a high flow capacity and with high parallelization. Our systems have been implemented in a wide range of applications, ranging from the search for new active ingredients in the pharmaceutical industry to cost-effective printing of metallic conductors in the production of solar cells. >> more
We integrate complete processes for biochemical analyses onto chips the size of a credit card. They can be used directly on site for quick and reliable analysis of complex clinical pictures using only a single drop of the patient’s blood. >> more
Headed by Dr. Matthias Meier, the MiBioEng Group is supported by funding from the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG). At the Laboratory for MEMS Applications and the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS) of the University of Freiburg, the group develops microfluidic and new biological technologies for the detection and design of biomolecular interactions. The applications of the new technologies are concentrated on various biological levels, such as the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. The goal is to characterize and change biomolecular interactions in a system on various timescales and signaling paths. >> more
We develop biofuel cells and other bioelectrochemical systems that generate electricity directly from biological energy carriers. Potential applications include medical implants that can be powered by the body’s own blood sugar. Microbial biofuel cells can also be used to generate electricity from municipal and industrial waste water that is no longer suitable for other purposes. >> more
Porous media are critically important for a wide variety of scientific and industrial applications. Due to their complex geometric structure, inquiry into the functioning of porous structures has always presented a great scientific challenge. >> more