Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
Thin molecular layers – multi-talents with many functions
Biomaterialien, Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Potsdam-Golm
SummaryThin molecular layers such as biological lipid membranes have diverse functions in Nature. But molecular layers play important roles in technology and biotechnology as well, where they improve, for instance, the biocompatibility of surfaces, or serve as lubricants and reduce shear friction. Researchers at the Biomaterials department use advanced x-ray and neutron scattering methods to structurally characterize such layers in order to obtain new insights into their functioning.