February 1, 2021

Building Materials like Insect Exoskeletons

Junior Professor Dr. Hanaa Dahy is partner of the research group funded by Carl Zeiss Foundation.

Chitin is the main component of the exoskeletons of insects, spiders, and crustaceans and ensures, for example, that an insect exoskeleton is both robust and flexible. A research group led by Prof. Sabine Laschat at the University of Stuttgart wants to use chitin and its derivatives to develop materials in a water-based process that are suitable for special applications in the construction industry to reduce energy consumption in a sustainable manner. The Carl Zeiss Foundation is supporting the project with about EUR two million as part of its “Perspectives” funding line.

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