Doctoral thesis success: Florian Ruther
We congratulate Florian Ruther for successfully defending his doctoral thesis entitled “Development and characterization of a multi-layer patch with improved electrical stimulus transmission and self-regulating elastic properties for application in cardiac tissue engineering” on 4th June 2021. He carried out his doctoral project in our Institute supervised by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in the framework of a DFG funded project collaborating with Prof. Felix Engel (Professor for Experimental Renal and Cardiovascular Research, University Hospital Erlangen). The examination board was composed by Prof. Ipsita Roy (University of Sheffield, UK), Prof. Paul Steinmann (Department of Mechanical Engineering, FAU), Prof. Dominique De Ligny (Institute for Glass and Ceramics, FAU) and Prof. Boccaccini. Prof. Boccaccini highlighted the outstanding research work carried out by Florian, covering the design, processing and characterisation of layered composites for cardiac tissue engineering applications. Florian combined a variety of processing methods for obtaining such electrically conductive layered scaffolds, including salt leaching, electrospinning and 3D printing. Florian carried out his Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies in our Institute. Several papers have been published from Florian’s project (for example [1-2]) and other manuscripts are in preparation. Many congratulations to Florian for the successful defense of his doctoral thesis, we wish him all the best in his future career.
 L. Vogt, F. Ruther, et al., Poly (Glycerol Sebacate) in Biomedical Applications—A Review of the Recent Literature, _Advanced Healthcare Materials 10 (2021) 2002026.
 F. Ruther, et al., Improvement of the Layer Adhesion of Composite Cardiac Patches, Advanced Engineering Materials 22 (2020) 1900986.