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Glassomer - Processing fused silica glass like a polymer
Thermoplastic nanocomposites allow processing fused silica glass like polymers. From subtractive machining like carving to high-throughput roll-to-roll replication. See our new paper in Advanced Materials.
Our first Nature paper!
Three-dimensional printing of transparent fused silica glass
Young Talents Award 2018 awarded to Patrich Risch
Lab member Patrich Risch receives the 2018 Paul Wurth "Young Talents Award" for his work on glass manufacturing
SPIE Startup Challenge Finalist
Dorothea Helmer pitches "Vitrum3D - a Revolution in Glass Processing" at the SPIE Startup Challenge Finals 30.01.2018 in San Francisco.
Fluoropor - superhydrophobic coatings
Bulk porous nano-/microstructured Fluoropor is superhydrophobic, highly transparent and abrasion-insensitive. See our latest paper in Scientific Reports.
NeptunLab on cover page of HEALTH 2
Pan European Network: HEALTH 2 features the NeptunLab on the cover and with the article "Healthcare Material Platforms"
Materialica Gold Award 2018
Glassomer wins Materialica Gold Award 2018 (source: Kroha Fotografie / MunichExpo)

Recent publications

U. Stahl, A. Voigt, M. Dirschka, N. Barié, C. Richter, A. Waldbaur, F. J. Gruhl, B. E. Rapp, M. Rapp, K. Länge: "Long-term capability of polymer-coated surface transverse wave sensors for distinguishing vapors of similar hydrocarbons", Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical, 274, 560–564, 2018 | Link.


T. M. Nargang,  R. Dierkes,  J. Bruchmann,  N. Keller,  K. Sachsenheimer,  C. Lee-Thedieck,  F. Kotz,  D. Helmer  and B. E. Rapp: "Photolithographic structuring of soft, extremely foldable and autoclavable hydrophobic barriers in paper", Analytical Methods, 2018 (in publication) | Link

Cover1F. Kotz, N. Schneider, A. Striegel, A. Wolfschläger, N. Keller, M. Worgull, W. Bauer, D. Schild, M. Milich, C. Greiner, D. Helmer, B. E. Rapp: “Glassomer: Processing Fused Silica Glass like a Polymer”, Advanced Materials, 30, 1707100, 2018 CoverLink

F. Kotz, P. Risch, D. Helmer, B. E. Rapp: “Highly Fluorinated Methacrylates for Optical 3D Printing of Microfluidic Devices”, Micromachines, 9, 3, 15, 2018 (invited) | Link

V. Kappings, C. Grün, D. Ivannikov, I. Hebeiss, S. Kattge, I. Wendland, B. E. Rapp, M. Hettel, O. Deutschmann, U. Schepers: "vasQchip: A novel microfluidic artificial blood vessel scaffold for vascularized 3D tissues", Advanced Materials Technologies (impact factor: to be announced), 3, 1700246, 2018| Link