What we do
The aim of the CoE HYBER is to develop fundamental understanding on how self-assembled multicomponent materials of the future can be designed and produced by using biological starting materials, based on plant cell wall structures and designed biological macromolecules.
The grand vision is that genetic methods can allow unsurpassed control of materials properties and functions, even programmable dynamic “bionanomachines”, opening thus possibilities also through synthetic biology and device build-up. Equally important is that the plant cell walls provide a large source of renewable raw materials in which native nanocellulose with very high mechanical modulus is particularly relevant.
Designed materials and systems will range from various tough and strong fiber and film composite structures, supracolloidal assemblies, to emergence of complexity and programmable biomolecular machines. Molecular biology is continuously progressing towards control and understanding of both microbial production systems and giving tools for understanding the function of biological materials. There are already examples of biotechnical production of materials components in the scale that is relevant for industrial applications. We foresee this growing trend as a challenge to be taken.