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Date:5/12/2010

Scheibel's group with Professor Andreas Bausch's workgroup at the Physics Department at TUM. Using microsystem technology, they developed an artificial spinning duct. Meanwhile the Bayreuth scientists are working intensively to develop a biomimetic spinning apparatus, within the framework of a federally supported joint project with industrial partners. The potential applications are countless, from resorbable surgical suture material to technical fibers for the automotive industry.

The research has been supported through the provision of testing and measuring time by the Bavarian NMR Center, through the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Excellence Cluster Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM) and the Institute for Advanced Study at the TU Muenchen, where Horst Kessler has been working as Senior Fellow since becoming Emeritus. Franz Hagn's work is funded by the Bayerisches Elitenetzwerk CompInt, co-author John G. Hardy from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


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Contact: Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
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