Research Area C


When plants or other organisms face damage, they respond with healing and repair mechanisms to avert complete system failure and death. Researchers within livMatS are working to translate these capabilities into inanimate matter.
This is possible through the incorporation of training and strengthening mechanisms in response to local strain, sophisticated shedding or self-sealing mechanisms, and a modular setup to compensate for the failure of individual system components.

A combination of these self-protection, self-repair and fault tolerance functionalities across various hierarchical levels will increase the longevity, robustness, and resilience of the newly developed materials systems. This will ensure their functionality until the end of their defined lifetime. A central task will be to identify and select the most efficient technical approaches from a panoply of options.

Coordinators Research Area C
Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe

Projects within Research Area C

  • Abscission and self-repair in biological and artificial materials systems
  • Training and self-healing by interface snapping mechanisms
  • Self‐sealing by orchestrating chemical and mechanical mechanisms and processes as basis for self‐healing in livMatS
  • Embedded (micro)‐fluidic networks in soft materials systems: A route to adaptive processes, selfregulation and self‐repair
  • Hierarchically Programmable Materials with Propagating Stimulus Responsive Elements and Metamaterial Ultrastructuring
    This project is a cooperation between research areas B and C.
  • Training Materials like Muscles
    This project is a cooperation between research areas B and C.

Compact Projects 2021 - finished

  • Fatigue in energy-harvesting mechanical metamaterials
    This project is a cooperation among research areas A and C. Junior Research Group leader: Dr. Viacheslav Slesarenko

Compact Projects 2020 - finished

Booster Projects 2021 - finished