Progress meeting of EFI project “Novel Biopolymer Hydrogels for Understanding Complex Tissue Biomechanics”
The latest progress meeting of the project “Novel Biopolymer Hydrogels for Understanding Complex Tissue Biomechanics” funded by the “Emerging Fields Initiative, EFI” of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with support of the Staedtler Stiftung was held remotely on 18th September 2020. The project is investigating a new generation of hydrogels that should mimic specific soft tissues of the human body from the biochemical and mechanical points of view to enable the choice of appropriate materials for 3D biofabrication of artificial organs, as well as developing modeling approaches for predictive simulations. In the picture principal investigators Dr. Silvia Budday and Prof. Paul Steinmann, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Ben Fabry, Department of Physics, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (Institute of Biomaterials) and early career investigators working on the project. Not in the photo: PI Prof. Friedrich Paulsen. Our latest paper as result of this collaboration has been recently published .
 T. Distler, et al., Alginate-based hydrogels show the same complex mechanical behavior as brain tissue,J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mater. 111 (2020) 103979.