BioNanomaterials Group

The interests of the BioNanomaterials Group are situated at the interface of these fields. We address fundamental and applied questions, which are also highly relevant to important societal issues such as environment or human health.
Our overarching goal lies in understanding and controlling all aspects from nanoparticle synthesis and ligand chemistry, colloidal behavior in complex biological fluids, and nanoparticle-cell interaction to intracellular trafficking and nanoparticle and cellular fate. We strongly rely on advanced cell culture techniques, microscopy (light, electron, atomic force), and scattering methods (light and X-ray) in addition to typical chemical and biological analytical methods (e.g. Calorimetry, NMR, TGA, UV-VIS, FACS, PCR etc).


A better model to understand ovarian cancer

Researchers from the Adolphe Merkle Institute's BioNanomaterials group and other institutions have developed a multicellular 3D human omentum model to study the formation of ovarian and peritoneal cancer.…

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Researchers call for better nanowaste management

Waste containing nanomaterials - or nanowaste - is an emerging safety concern worldwide, requiring environmentally sound management and regulation that still need to be established. Researchers at the…

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Art and science join forces at AMI

The NanoARTS program, a collaboration between the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg and the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, has been launched, with three tandems of artists and scientists…

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