Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Lieleg’s (*1980) research focuses on biopolymers and bio-interfaces. He studies the properties of naturally occurring biopolymer-based materials (such as mucus, biofilm or cartilage) including their viscoelasticity, selective permeability, wetting resistance and lubricity. Moreover, he develops biopolymer materials for biomedical or biotechnological applications, e.g., as contact lens coatings or additives to construction materials.
Prof. Lieleg studied physics at TUM where he also obtained his PhD degree in cellular biophysics in 2008. A postdoc-fellowship led him to Harvard University in 2009 where he conducted research in the FAS Center for Systems Biology. Afterwards, he went to MIT where he worked as an instructor in the Department of Biological Engineering from 2010-2011. In 2011, Prof. Lieleg returned to TUM where he has been Professor for Biopolymer Materials at the Department Materials Engineering.
Key Publications (all publications)
Fan D, Miller Naranjo B, Mansi S, Mela P, Lieleg O: “Dopamine-mediated biopolymer multilayer coatings for modulating cell behavior, lubrication, and drug release.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2023; 15(31): 37986-37996.Abstract
Kimna C, Bauer MG, Lutz TM, Mansi S, Akyuz E, Doganyigit Z, Karakol P, Mela P, Lieleg O: „Multifunctional ‚Janus-type‘ bilayer films combine broad-range tissue adhesion with guided drug release”. Advanced Functional Materials. 2022; 32(30): 2105721.Abstract
Winkeljann B, Boettcher K, Balzer B, Lieleg O: "Mucin Coatings Prevent Tissue Damage at the Cornea-Contact Lens-Interface". Advanced Materials Interfaces. 2017; 19(4): 1700186.Abstract
Grumbein S, Minev D, Tallawi M, Boettcher K, Prade F, Pfeiffer F, Große CU, Lieleg O: "Hydrophobic Properties of Biofilm-Enriched Hybrid Mortar". Advanced Materials. 2016; 28(37): 8138-8143.Abstract
Lieleg O, Kayser J, Brambilla G, Cipelletti L, Bausch AR: “Complex Slow Dynamics in Bundled Cytoskeletal Networks”. Nature Materials. 2011; 10(3): 236-242.Abstract