DFG funded projects



This project is part of the SPP 2014: Towards an Implantable Lung .

The core technology of so-called artificial lungs are membranes that allow diffusive gas exchange between blood and gas phase similar to the native human lung. In the research project “3D-Lung”, we evaluate the next generation of oxygenator membranes based on 3D-printing technology with the potential for an implantable artificial lung by overcoming the current limitations of stand-of-the-art membranes.


This project is part of the SPP 2014: Towards an Implantable Lung .

Lung support systems replace the lung function of patients with critical lung disease. Especially for these highly fragile patients the procedure poses a considerable risk. The aim of the project “ConnexAL” is the development and evaluation of a less invasive technique, which reduces the risk and increases the mobility for the patient. An early mobilization after surgery supports the healing process and improves the quality of life.


This project is part of the SPP 2014: Towards an Implantable Lung .

The cannulation of Extracorporeal Lung Assist (ECLA) systems is still a source of undesired complications . The project “ConnLA” aims for an alternative to conventionally used cannula such as hemodynamically optimized grafts directly connected to blood vessels.


This project is part a Sub-project P5 of PAK 961 DFG project "Towards a model based control of biohybrid implant maturation"

The aim of project “DurImplant” is the development of an in vitro methodology for the investigation of the durability of biohybrid implants with main focus on the propensity to calcification as a decisive limiting factor of the implant lifetime and function.

Ghost Cells

When testing blood conducting systems regarding blood damage, flow measurements and in-vitro-blood-tests play a central role. However, a series of optical measuring methods cannot be performed with blood due to the lack of transparency. This issue is resoved by using Ghost Cells.


Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD, supports the development process of oxygenators significantly. Aim of the project OxySim is to develop the numerical model further, as well as to validate it in vitro.