Biological and Bioinspired Adhesion: From Macro- to NAnoscale
Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposium 2016

27 – 29 September 2016

avendi-Hotel am Griebnitzsee, Potsdam, Germany


Scientific Program:

Stanislav N. Gorb / University of Kiel


The symposium  has been inspired by the Thematic Series “Biological and Bioinspired Adhesion and Friction” in the Open Access Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, edited by Stanislav N. Gorb and Kerstin Koch.

The scope of this conference was to provide an interdisciplinary platform for discussions of novel developments and trends in the field of biological and bio-inspired adhesives. Topics were encompass functional mechanisms as well as the characterization of biological adhesive systems. Based on this knowledge, a further key topic was the consideration of these principles and their use as potential models for the generation of novel adhesive or anti-adhesive materials. The symposium brought together scientists working in the above fields. Emphasis was on the experimental and theoretical understanding of biological systems and biomimetics of such systems using micro- and nanofabrication.

Aspects covered by this conference


Biological adhesion


  • Animal adhesionDry and wet adhesion
  • Fibrillar adhesion
  • Underwater adhesion
  • Biological glues
  • Adhesion in plants
  • Anti-adhesive surfaces in biology



Physical phenomena and characterization


  • Physical and chemical characterization of biological adhesive systems
  • Contact mechanics of soft matter and patterned surfaces
  • Role of surface roughness and surface energy in contact phenomena
  • Modelling of adhesive contacts
  • Relationship between adhesion and friction



Bioinspired adhesive systems


  • Surface patterning and fictionalization at various length scales
  • Potential applications of bioinspired adhesive systems
  • Use of artificial mimics to understand adhesion in living organisms


Lorenzo Alibardi / University of Bologna, Italy

Jon Barnes / University of Glasgow, UK

Feodor Borodich / Cardiff University, UK

Ali Dhinojwala / University of Akron, USA

Patrick Flammang / University of Mons, Belgium

Lars Heepe / University of Kiel, Germany

David Hu / Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Duncan Irschick / University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Jette Jacobsen / University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kerstin Koch / Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Valentin Popov / TU Berlin, Germany

Nicola Pugno / University of Trento, Italy

Christine Selhuber-Unkel / University of Kiel, Germany

Metin Sitti / MPI for Intelligent Systems, Germany

Andrew Smith / Ithaca College, USA

Thomas Speck / University of Freiburg, Germany

Marlene Spinner / University of Kiel, Germany

Martin Steinhart / University of Osnabrück, Germany

Janek von Byern / Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Austria

Feng Zhou / Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


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