Master’s Thesis Projects (2023 – 2024)

Our lab will accept two master’s thesis students (local/ international/ Erasmus academic exchange) this summer. These thesis projects combine aspects of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and biology to develop engineered living materials for biochemical production. The first project envisions the fabrication of functional living materials, while the second project focuses on the design and application of flow bioreactors.

Background Reading Material

  1. Physical confinement impacts cellular phenotypes within living materials
  2. Cell‐laden hydrogels for multikingdom 3D printing
  3. Metabolism control in 3D-printed living materials improves fermentation
  4. The role of polymer mechanochemistry in responsive materials and additive manufacturing
  5. Engineered living materials for sustainability

The thesis projects will require two semesters for completion, starting in the summer of 2023. Therefore, students expecting graduation in the summer of 2024 are welcome to apply. We will consider students having a materials science, chemistry, biology, polymer science, chemical engineering, food technology, biotechnology, or an interdisciplinary background.

We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis, and students can expect a final acceptance decision latest by 30th June 2023. The accepted students will work with Henrique SDR Hamacek, Ph.D. student, and Dr. Rahul Kumar, Senior Research at TalTech.

If interested in more information about either project or joining our lab, please send the application form or contact Henrique directly with your brief background information at

Location: Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology of TalTech, Akadeemia tee 15, 12618, Tallinn

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