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Principles and Development of Bio-Inspired Materials

Location Vienna, Austria
Date 13 - 15 April 2010
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Bio-inspired materials are becoming of increasing interest in many fields of practical applications. In contrast to man-made materials natural materials such as wood, bone and shells are composed of only limited number of basic components. They gain their diversity in mechanical properties by hierarchical structuring which allows them to fulfil a variety of functions e.g. self-healing, mechanical stability, high toughness.

Technical plant stem

Due to the quickly advancing physical characterisation techniques our knowledge of the hierarchical structures has increased significantly in recent years and the secrets of form-function relationships are slowly unveiled. But combining the knowledge of natural materials with modern techniques of simulation and fabrication is still the exception due to the lack of communication between bio- and material scientists.

This Strategic Workshop funded by the COST Office aims to be the direct interface between the biological and the processing side to unfold the full potential of bio-inspired materials.

The workshop will provide a forum to stimulate interactions between relevant disciplines including biology, materials science, biomimetics, engineering and physics. It will be organised along three main themes:

  • Material Design Strategies of Nature
  • Implementation of Biological Concepts (Abstraction and Translation)
  • Applications.

Worshop sessions start each day at 9:00.
Workshop sessions end on 13 and 14 April at 18:00 and on 15 April at 17:00.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Eduard ARZT (DE) and M. Kamperman (DE): Bio-inspired adhesive surfaces
  • Friedrich BARTH (AT): The biological application of physics in sensory organs
  • Ming DAO (US): Cell mechanics and human diseases
  • Yuri ESTRIN (AU): Topological interlocking as a materials design concept
  • Patrick FLAMMANG (BE): COST ACTION TD0908 Marine adhesives: From biology to biomimetics
  • Catherine FOLEY (AU): TBC
  • Peter FRATZL (DE): Hierarchical nanocomposites and mechanical function – learning from nature´s materials
  • Lorna GIBSON (US): Mechanically efficient cellular microstructures in plants
  • Anja HAENZI, Peter Uggowitzer (CH): Magnesium-alloys for bio-resorbable implants
  • Helmut KIRCHNER (DE): Are natural materials better than man-made ones?
  • Takuya KITAOKA (JP): Synthesis and bio-applications of carbohydrate-gold nanoparticle conjugates
  • Cecilia LASCHI (IT): Bio-inspiration in robotics: towards a new generation of soft-bodied robots
  • Kathryn McGRATH (NZ): Learning from Biomineralisation
  • Loredana MOIMAS (FI): Development of three-dimensional porous bioactive glass scaffolds, from bench testing to clinical investigation
  • José PEREZ-RIGUEIRO, M. Elices, G.V. Guinea, and G.R. Plaza. (ES): Bio-inspiration from spider´s silks
  • Francois PRINSLOO (ZA): European/South African Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research
  • Dierk RAABE (DE): Structure, properties, and modeling of the anthropod cuticle: example of lobster Homarus Americanus
  • Robert RITCHIE (US): Development of bio-inspired ceramic composites
  • David TAYLOR (IR): Things that we can´t learn from nature
  • Stefanie TSCHEGG, Thomas Rosenau, Falk Liebner (AT): Wood as a bio-inspiration material
  • Yasumitsu URAKI (JP): Fabrication of honeycomb-patterned cellulose material mimicking woody cell wall formation
  • Sybrand VAN DER ZWAAG (NL): Self healing man-made engineering materials: bioinspired but respecting their intrinsic character
  • Alfred VENDL (AT): Nature Tech: How engineers are inspired by nature's top designs
  • Viola VOGEL (CH): Mechanisms how mechanical forces can be exploited to switch function
  • Ernst WOLNER (AT): Bioartificial surfaces
  • Mao See WU (SG): Challenges and strategies for the mechanical modeling of bio-inspired materials

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Chaired by

Stefanie Tschegg
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, AT

Robin Seidel
University of Freiburg, DE

Contact Information

Ms Antje Teegler
Conference Officer
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
B-1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 38 57
Fax +32 2 533 38 90


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