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Our research group is located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and affiliated with the University of Heidelberg. Our research is focused on the synthesis and application of biofunctional materials, surfaces and nanoparticles.


We are glad to congratulate Max Benz for receiving the 3rd prize for his chemBIOS approach at the NEULAND Innovation Competition at the KIT yesterday.

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Check out our paper in Nature Communications: “Marrying chemistry with biology by combining on-chip solution-based combinatorial synthesis and cellular screening”. Great paper highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary research. Congrats Max and all co-authors!

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Check out our new paper in AFM. We demonstrate rapid photodegradability of commonly used polymethacrylate hydrogels without the need to incorporate additional photolabile functionalities.

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Check this excellent special issue of Advanced Materials about materials research at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Lots of exciting research!

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Great talks by Simon, Anna and Max at SLAS Europe in Barcelona!

Please, read about the experiences of our former intern student Helena Valquier-Flynn from Doane University during her stay at KIT here

Please, check out our newest paper on tumor spheroid formation in 100 nL droplets!

Yanxi, Alisa and Pavel were representing the Levkin lab with posters and talks at the 6th International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials in Sitges, Spain.

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Find out more how to use patterned slippery surfaces to manipulate the paths of droplets and sort them according to size in our recent publication in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

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Recently we discovered that bacteria grown on micropatterns of repellent and adhesive properties (SLIPS+adhesive) form biofilm bridges, thin biofilm strings, connecting separated biofilm clusters. It is interesting that bacteria form networks of such biofilm bridges and these bridges are packed with highly metabolically active bacteria. Here is our paper in Advanced Science about this novel phenomenon. Congratulations to Wenxi Lei and coauthors. Great collaboration with Thomas Schwartz´s group at KIT. 

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Check this very interesting poster of our collaborators at GlaxoSmithKline who used #Aquarray Droplet Microarrays (DMA) for extremely miniaturized high-content cellular screenings. Very nice comparison of microtiter plates with culture in 100 nL droplets on DMAs. Let us know if you want to try such Droplet Microarrays for your cell screening experiments.



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