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
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.