Sugars, so-called glycans, are the most diverse class of biomolecules. In addition to sweetening food, they are a supporting substance in plants or insects and fulfill far-reaching biological functions. Each of our cells is surrounded by a dense sugar coat, which is responsible for protecting the cell and enabling communication between two cells. Pathogens take advantage of this and bind to our cells via sugar. Damaged cells show altered sugar structures.
We research the sugars that are responsible for the exchange of information between cells and their environment or that confer important properties. We incorporate these infinite functions into new materials.