silica and archaeology
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Paper out in Science
...on biological fabrication of cotton fibers with tailored properties
Paper out in Journal Structural Biology
In cooperation with Dr. Peter Werner and Dr. Horst Blumtritt (MPI-Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany) on the ultrastructure of axial canal of sponge spicules.
Calcite producing bacteria goes design
A collaborative project between our research group at MLU and the BURG Gienichenstein Halle University of Art and Design/Industrial Design headed by Prof. Mareike Gast together with Karl Schikora and Dawei Yang.
New book about cultivating building materials is already out!
We have contributed with our view of how biomineralizing bacteria can create coatings of alkaline-earth metals on polymeric non-conducting surfaces fabricated by 3D printing.
Thanks Felix Heisel and Dirk E. Hebel for the invitation!
Paper out in Chemistry - A European Journal
In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ludger Wessjohann and Dr. Wolfgang Brandt (IPB-Halle, Germany) on the importance (and existence) of boron in biological systems. This raises the question if there are more roles to discover for boron in nature.
Supercontinuum generation Hexactinellid sponges
The publication on supercontinuum generation Hexactinellid sponges led by Prof. Ehrlich (University Freiberg) and recently published in Adv. Opt. Mater. has been highlighted in Nature Photonics :