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Philipp J. THURNER


Philipp studied technical physics, material science and and biomedical engineering in Graz and Zurich. He obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich. After postdoctoral stays at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Francisco, he was appointed Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Southampton and later promoted to Reader (Associate Professor) and Full Professor. In 2013 he then joined the Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics at TU Wien as a Professor of Biomechanics.

Research interests:

Mechanical properties of biological tissues such as bone, tendons and airways with a focus on micro- and nanomechanics and structure function relationships, biomimetic materials based on tissue structure and composition principles, nanomechanics of collagen fibrils 

Interests in the biointerface network:

Philipp’s team has extensive expertise in experimental nano- and micromechanical characterization of individual collagen fibrils and biological tissue sections. Interfaces play a crucial role in these cases and he also has a strong interest in applying these techniques to characterize novel biomimetic or smart materials. 

For further information: Philipp J. Thurner's Lab