Research Area C
Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT – Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies
Phone: +49 761 203 95154
Embedded (micro)-fluidic networks in soft materials systems: A route to adaptive processes, self-regulation and self-repair
I am currently developing dendritic microfluidic structures that are optimized for different physiochemical and transport functions. In addition, inspired by vascular systems in nature and by taking advantage of the properties of soft matter, I am working to give these structures desirable elasticity-based functionalities that could allow for a drastic change of form and function in response to different stimuli. The final goal of the project is to embed said structures in materials, thus providing mechanisms for the reaction to effects such as mechanical damage, and for maintaining and regulating functionality when such effects occur.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfohl