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Institute of Materials Science and Technology (IMST), Technische Universität Wien (TUW) was founded in 1815, the Technische Universität Wien (TUW) is renowned for its long tradition. It finds high international and domestic recognition in teaching as well as in research and as partner of innovation-oriented enterprises. Research at the TUW involves many different areas: from multiple basic science disciplines to the development of modern production technologies, information and communication technologies as well as financial mathematics. TUW is Austria’s largest engineering university with more than 20.000 students and 3.500 employees.

The IMST is part of the mechanical engineering department of TUW, it currently has 90 employees, and is involved in research projects covering the full range of engineering materials, from metals over polymers and composites to ceramic materials. In the recent years IMST has gained substantial expertise in the development of innovative systems lithography-based additive manufacturing technologies (AMT). Our AMT team consists of laser scientists, materials scientists, bioengineers and chemists.


Main Expertise in respect to INCITE:

Coordination of EU-projects: IMST has participated in a number of EU-projects. Besides support from IMST-employees, TUW has established a central facility (EU project management unit), which supports the individual departments in the management of European projects.

Systems and processes for AMT: IMST is part of the mechanical engineering department of TUW and has gained excellent expertise in the development of innovative systems for materials testing and lithography-based AMT, with a particular attention to high resolution biomaterials processing and regenerative medicine.

People – staff at TU Wien involved within INCITE


Dr. Aleksandr Ovsianikov is Head of the Research Group 3D Printing and Biofabrication of the Technische Universität Wien (TUW). He is a member of the Austrian Cluster for Tissue Regeneration and was recently elected to the board of directors of the international society of biofabrication. His research is dealing with the use of additive manufacturing technologies and bioprinting for tissue engineering and regeneration. Aleksandr has a background in laser physics and material processing with femtosecond lasers. A particular focus his current research is the development of multiphoton lithography technologies for engineering of biomimetic 3D cell culture matrices and realization of novel tissue engineering scaffolds. He was awarded a prestigious Starting Grant in 2012 and a Consolidator Grant in 2017 from the European Research Council (ERC) for projects aimed at these topics.

Dr. Olivier Guillaume has an educational background in biomaterials, polymer chemistry and tissue engineering, extended with several postdoctoral stays in several European countries (Trinity College in Dublin-IE, AO Foundation in Davos-CH  and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna-AT). Since 2018 until now, he has been working as Univ. Assist. at the TU Wien in the group of Prof. Aleksandr Ovsianikov, the 3D Printing and Biofabrication Group. He received last year a Stand-Alone funding from FWF, where the main aim is to recreate in vitro a biofilm, mimicking the one formed in the lung of Cystic Fibrosis Patients affected by chronic lung infection, in order to develop new therapeutic modalities. He is also involved in numerous project related to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Within INCITE he supports the tasks described in WP2: dealing with the chemical surface functionalization of the scaffold to optimize the cellular growth within the microchip.

Gozde EKE is a post doctoral researcher at TU Wien. After receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ankara University, she received M.S. degree in Micro and Nanotechnology, and then her PhD in Biotechnology from METU, Turkey. She worked as a teaching assistant within the Department of Physical Chemistry during her phD. Her research interests are tissue engineering, bioprinting techniques, vascularization of soft tissues and biomaterials. During her post doc studies she focus on stereolithography and photolithography to produce surfaces for adipocyte spheroids to understand the mechanism of vascularization at Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France. Within INCITE project, she is now working on microfabrication of functional 3D matrices to engineer a specially tailored microenvironment for T cells education by using high-resolution multiphoton lithography techniques in the context of regenerative medicine.