cfaed Seminar Series

cfaed Seminar Series

Dr. Veronika Magdanz , Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden

Teaming up nanotechnology with biological components to create hybrid microswimmers

20.02.2018 (Tuesday) , 17:00 - 18:30
BIOTEC, seminar rooms E05/E06 , Tatzberg 47/49 , 01307 Dresden


The development of microdevices that are able to move autonomously under physiological conditions is one of the fascinating goals of current research in nanotechnology. Using biocompatible actuators is a necessity for aiming at biomedical applications and has thus motivated researchers to integrate biological power sources. In this lecture, I will give an overview of recent approaches to harness cells (bacteria, sperm cells, muscle cells) or other biological components (molecular motors, enzymes) for the actuation and advanced functionalities of microdevices. These approaches, in combination with nanotechnology and material science, contribute to the development of smart micro(bio)robots which are envisioned to perform fascinating tasks in the future such as minimal invasive surgery. sensing, drug delivery and more.


Veronika Magdanz received her Diploma degree in Biotechnology from the TU Braunschweig, Germany in 2010. She pursued her PhD studies on „Rolled up microtubes for the capture, guidance and release of single spermatozoa“ at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, IFW Dresden, and completed her degree at the TU Dresden with „summa cum laude“ in 2016. Dr. Magdanz is currently Open Topic Postdoc at the Chair of Applied Zoology at the TU Dresden, Germany. Her research interests span from sperm migration to the development of artificial and biological microswimmers as diagnostic tools.

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