Science Film Festival

The Technology Award

Title: Biomaterials – Patented Solutions from Nature
Original title: Biomaterialien – Patentlösungen aus der Natur

Director: Jakob Kneser
Produced by: Max Planck Society & Massih Media Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Winner 2016: Biomaterials – Patented Solutions from Nature

Nature produces biomaterials with the most amazing properties. Plants and animals are capable of producing complex materials such as cobwebs, wood or even the exotic glass sponge, from very few basic components. Scientists are keen to learn from this and use the knowledge for their research into new intelligent biomaterials. These examples from nature offer potential for all sorts of technical applications, e.g. autonomous nano robots or roofs which automatically unfold when it starts to rain.