Materials and technologies for micromedicineThe Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC
Manufacturers of microscale medical devices have a need for highly complex structures to serve as templates and scaffolds for tissue growth. The aim is to be able to adapt these structures or environments to the requirements of the cells and other organic molecules. Certain aspects are more important than others. The chemical functionalization of the structures and the ability to control their properties by varying their elastic modulus (from rigid to flexible to highly elastic), together with the size and type of structure, are major factors in the creation of an environment conducive to cell growth.
To meet these requirements, Fraunhofer ISC is working on projects to design its own concepts for new materials based on hybrid polymers. A wide range of 2D/3D structuring and forming processes are available for the creation of templates and scaffolds, together with the associated characterization methods. An overview of the available structuring and forming processes can be downloaded from the ISC website.