Dr Achim Weber, Deputy Head of Department
Europe 2017 Presentation - Fraunhofer IGB*
Europe 2017 Audio Presentation - Fraunhofer IGB*
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The future vision of implants comprises the generation of artificial tissue. We introduce gelatin-based biomaterials for the manufacturing of flexible structures by freeform fabrication methods: printable non-gelling precursor solutions and crosslinked hydrogels with tunable physico-chemical properties constitute biomimetic matrices with adjustable properties for engineering of tissue models
Speaker Biography (Achim Weber)
Achim Weber studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart. His doctorate thesis at the Institute for Physical Chemistry was on structural investigations of amorphous and fluid compounds by spectroscopic methods and was finished in 1999. After a postdoc at the Research Centre of Nucleic Acid and Peptide Chemistry at the University of Tübingen, in 2000 he joined the Group of Biomimetic Surfaces at the Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering & Biotechnology as a scientist and project manager, and the Institute for Interfacial Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2006 he is a Group Manager at Fraunhofer first in Biomimetic Functional Films, since 2009 in Particle-based Systems and Formulations. Since August 2011 he is deputy head of the department of Interfacial Engineering and Material Science at the Fraunhofer IGB. He is project coordinator of several EU- or other funding organizations funded projects. His main interest is the forming, processing, printing and understanding of smart and nanoscopic materials and its surfaces for applications in Pharmacy, Medicine, Environment, Materials and Biotechnology. He published more than 40 journal articles, >10 book chapters, >10 patents/pending patents and >60 conference contributions (poster, talks).
Activities & Membership in Societies: DECHEMA (member), VDI/VDE-GMM (since 2008 member of technical programme committee), NIP31/Digital Fabrication and Digital Printing (Session Chair), European Material Research Society E-MRS (since 2016 Co-Chair of Advanced Materials for Printing Symposium), EuCheMS (since 2016 Representative for Fraunhofer), Fraunhofer Alliance GENERATIV (since 2016 member of the Steering committee).
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The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes and products in the fields of health, chemistry and process industry, as well as environment and energy. We combine the highest scientific standards with professional know-how in our competence areas - always with a view to economic efficiency and sustainability. The constructive interplay of the various disciplines at our institute opens up new approaches in areas such as medical engineering, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, and environmental technology. The Fraunhofer IGB is one of 67 institutes and independent research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe's leading organization for applied research.