Field of research
Modification chemistries in an effort to generate platforms for bioanalytical devices. Many of the inspirations for our work ist taken from biological examples which led to the development of magnetically driven actuators in the shape of artificial cilia and specific hydrogel coated surface architectures which can either serve as the basis for (bio)sensor formats of different kinds or again as passive actuators that are reacting to changes in humidity. Other developments use liquid crystal elastomers which can be stimulated by light. A subtle interplay of molecular or microscopic stimuli with mesoscopic structuring allows for the generation of systems that can be used to manipulate cells or objects or to excite drastic changes from small effects such as phase transitions or snapping mechanisms.
Top three publications
Oswald Prucker, Thomas Brandstetter, and Jürgen Rühe, Surface-attached hydrogel coatings via C,H-insertion crosslinking for biomedical and bioanalytical applications (Review), Biointerphases 2018, 13, 010801, DOI: 10.1116/1.4999786
Simon Poppinga, Cordt Zollfrank, Oswald Prucker, Jürgen Rühe, Achim Menges, and Thomas Speck, Toward a New Generation of Smart Biomimetic Actuators for Architecture, Advanced Materials 2018, 1703653, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703653
David Schwärzle, Xiaoqang Hou, Oswald Prucker, and Jürgen Rühe, Polymer Microstructures through Two-Photon Crosslinking, Advanced Materials 2017, 1703469, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703469