Prof. Dr. Cordt Zollfrank


Biogenic Polymers

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research work of Professor Zollfrank (b. 1969) is focused on applying bioinspired synthetic methods to the development of innovative structural and functional materials. A key area of his work is the formation of biogenic (polymeric) structures and their conversion to composite materials for engineering and biomedical applications. The fundamental chemical and physical transformation processes involved in these conversions are investigated at each level of the structural hierarchy.

Cordt Zollfrank studied chemistry at TUM. He then changed to the Institute for Wood Research at LMU, which later became part of TUM, where he gained a PhD in forest science with a special emphasis on the chemical aspects. Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Glass and Ceramics) conducting research focused on biomimetic material synthesis. As of 2002 he became a group leader (senior researcher) and set up a bioengineered ceramics and biomaterials research group. In 2009 he acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in material sciences. On October 1, 2011 he accepted the position as professor for biogenic polymers at TUM Campus Straubing.

Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

Poppinga S, Zollfrank C, Prucker O, Rühe J, Menges A, Cheng T, Speck T: „Towards a new generation of smart biomimetic actuators for architecture“. Advanced Materials. 2018; 30: 1870135.


Ghofraniha N, La Volpe L, Van Opdenbosch D, Zollfrank C, Conti C: „Biomimetic random lasers with tunable spatial and temporal coherence“. Advanced Optical Materials. 2016; 4(12): 1998-2003.


Van Opdenbosch D, Fritz-Popovski G, Wagermaier W, Paris O, Zollfrank C: „A moisture-driven ceramic bilayer actuator from a biotemplating approach“. Advanced Materials. 2016; 28: 5235–5240.


Fritz-Popovski G, Van Opdenbosch D, Zollfrank C, Aichmayer B, Paris O: „Development of the fibrillar and microfibrillar structure during biomimetic mineralization of wood“. Advanced Functional Materials. 2013; 23: 1265-1272.


Jin X, Götz M, Wille S, Mishra YK, Adelung R, Zollfrank C: „A novel concept for self-reporting materials: Stress sensitive photoluminescence in ZnO tetrapod filled elastomers“. Advanced Materials. 2013; 25: 1342-1347.