Local active ingredients for the oral cavity

Applying medical or cosmetic active ingredients in the right place inside the oral cavity and ensuring that they stay there continues to present a major challenge. Fraunhofer experts are developing a solution.

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Like balsam on a wound

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is developing new biomaterials for dermal application in the project »SkinNext«. The researchers in Halle use the unique properties of the natural fibre proteins elastin and collagen for this. These have great potential for use in the fields of dermatology and cosmetics, such as for improved wound healing after burn injuries.

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Help for a dry mouth

A chronically dry mouth is a risk to dental health. Skinomics and the Fraunhofer IMWS want to create a remedy.

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Optimised surfaces for reverse osmosis modules result in better performance

Ceramic or polymer membranes are used for reverse osmosis, upon which deposits, so-called microbial coatings are formed. The Fraunhofer IMWS researches solutions for anti-adhesive membranes.

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Medicine and Environment

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Maria Morawietz uses a brushing machine to examine the mechanical impact that dental cleansers have on teeth.

Interfaces are at the center of what we do – interfaces between animate and inanimate matter, internal interfaces in mixed materials and surfaces. We investigate these interfaces and develop technologies to change the functions of the materials using targeted interface engineering.

We develop surface modification and coating methods for producing biofunctional surfaces for our clients in medical engineering, the pharmaceuticals industry, biotechnology and polymer processing. We assess the mechanical, morphological and chemical properties of biological and biomedical materials and use nanotechnologies to functionalize them. Applications include, for example, implants with higher biocompatibility, improved products for cosmetics, oral and dental hygiene and materials which are protected against unwanted encrustation by organisms.

The main areas of our work:

  • materials science characterization and evaluation of medical engineering materials, oral and dental care products and cosmetic care products
  • Surface modification and surface evaluation, primarily of polymers
  • Mechanical assessment of materials under physiological conditions
  • Development of new materials with improved structure and surface compatibility and tailormade functionality
  • Development of sustainable and durable semi-finished products for the building industry