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The movement principle found in the flower of Strelitzia reginae (Bird of paradise flower) was the role model for the biomimetic facade shading Flectofin®
©  S. Schleicher (ITKE Stuttgart ) and S. Poppinga (PBG Freiburg)

The FIT stands for basic research that lays the basis for the development of new materials and technologies. The projects handled by FIT consist of individual research projects and long-term collaborative research projects. They deal with the development of interactive and intelligent functional materials, foils and surfaces as well as material-integrated (micro)systems in order to create novel adaptive and active (polymer-based) materials. Furthermore, inspired by nature, new materials for energy conversion and energy storage are developed and coupled with system functions. Furthermore, energy-autonomous embedded (micro)systems are being developed that generate energy directly from their environment. Another central focus is research on biomimetic, biobased and bioactive material systems. This includes the bioinspired and biomimetic construction of materials systems and the development of new active hybrids of synthetic and biological components as well as the bioactive functionalization of materials and (micro)systems to enable them to interact with proteins, cells and tissues.

FIT is based on the Freiburg research association "BioInspired Technologies and Systems" (BITS), in which the materials and life sciences have already joined forces with microsystems technology in 2006. The concept for the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT) emerged from the BITS idea. The new FIT building was approved in 2010 as part of the "Zukunftsoffensive IV Innovation und Exzellenz - materialwissenschaftliche Zentren Baden-Württemberg" and was established in 2012 as a new central resource center at the University of Freiburg.

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