December 16th 2021

With Nanotechnology to Austrian state award

MCI graduate receives Award of Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research 2021 | Innovative research on nanoparticles.

MCI graduate receives 2021 Federal Minister's Award of Appreciation. From left to right: Christoph Griesbeck, head of the Biotechnology study program, Sarah Flatscher, MCI graduate and Harald Schöbel, MCI professor. ©D Brustolon
MCI graduate receives 2021 Federal Minister's Award of Appreciation. From left to right: Christoph Griesbeck, head of the Biotechnology study program, Sarah Flatscher, MCI graduate and Harald Schöbel, MCI professor. ©D Brustolon

Sarah Flatscher, a graduate of MCI's Biotechnology program, has received the 2021 Federal Minister's Award of Appreciation. In her master's thesis "Evaluation of the biocompatibility of surfaces coated with gold nanoparticles", Ms. Flatscher deals with the bioactivity of surfaces coated with nanoparticles.

Surfaces modified with nanotechnology are of great interest for medical technology, for example for implants.  Increased bioactivity can lead to a stronger growth of cells or to improved antimicrobial properties. Sarah Flatscher investigated this issue using cell culture technology as well as microbiological methods.

Her scientific supervisor, MCI professor Dr. rer.nat Harald Schöbel emphasizes: "Ms. Flatscher's topic is very interdisciplinary and deals with the innovative field of nano-biotechnology. Improved bioactivity through nanotechnology shows a high application potential in the field of life sciences. With her work, Ms. Flatscher has laid an important foundation for further investigations in this research area."

MCI Research

At MCI, research is part of the social mission of universities to drive social and economic growth. Therefore, the team continuously strives for quality improvement in teaching, engagement in and exchange with the academic community (publications in scientific journals, participation in and organization of conferences, etc.), and, above all, research relevance in practice.

Appreciation Award of the Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research

The appreciation award of the Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research was established in 1990 and is of the rank of a state award. This award, which is financed by student grants, is awarded annually to the best 50 diploma and master's degrees of all Austrian colleges and universities of applied sciences, selected out of a total of about 16,000 degrees.

 

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