19/12/2017 – Special fibres and yarns: 65 years of the DWI — auf Deutsch lesen
A research institute changing with the times
Innovative materials research and an exceptionally inter-disciplinary research approach now lie at the heart of the work conducted at the former German Wool Research Institute.
Research currently under way is attempting to develop new materials that are a match for natural materials in terms of quality and that can be integrated into the cycles of nature. Nature succeeds in creating complex, heavy-duty materials from molecular components that, viewed individually, often possess no particularly outstanding characteristics. Bone, spider silk and wool fibres are just three of the countless examples of such materials. Taking nature as a template, scientists are now researching self-repairing, self-aggregating, self-cleaning or even self-moving materials and material components. The DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen is among those seeking inspiration from nature in this way.
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