Research Training Group 2154 - Materials for Brain


  • 28.04.2021: RTG 2154 research on the cover page of Nano Letters
    The recent puplication in Nano Letters (Link) has been illustrated on the cover page of the journal. In this study, an approach for the preparation of hydrogel composites with outstanding electrical conductivity at extremely low filler loadings is presented. Exfoliated graphene and polyacrylamide are microengineered to 3D composites such that conductive graphene pathways pervade the hydrogel matrix, similar to an artificial nervous system.The developed material is promising for applications in drug delivery and soft robotics.
    Cover Nano Letters
  • 23.-24.03.2021: RTG 2154 Online Retreat
    Due to the corona pandemic, face-to-face events are still not possible. Thus, the RTG 2154 held its retreat online on March 23 and 24, 2021.
     Five of our associated scientists presented in short talks the methods they apply in their research and the expertise they can offer to the RTG projects. Over the two days, in small groups the PhD students had the opportunity to present their projects to the other PhD students, the PIs and associated scientists. In the subsequent discussions, the PhD students received feedback and new ideas for their project as well as for new collaborations with other projects or the associated scientists. Between the discussion events, there were lectures on new ways of administering drugs to the brain, an introduction to the development of brain tumors and their treatment, and an overview of advanced 3D print techniques.

    Retreat March 2021
  • 18.03.2021: Press release on RTG research work on hydrogel for medical applications
    Margarethe Hauck, doctoral researcher in project P3, and Christine Arndt, doctoral researcher at the Institute for Material Science, are the lead authors of a recently published article in the prestigious journal Nano Letters Link. In close collaboration with various working groups, the research team was able to develop a hydrogel that boasts an ideal combination: it is not only electrically conductive, but also retains its original level of elasticity. For the conductivity, the scientists used graphene, a material that has already been used in other production approaches.
    CAU full article: English and German