Functional Micro- and Nanostructured Surfaces: from Biology to Biomimetics

Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposium 2023

May 9 – 11, 2023

Dom Hotel, Limburg, Germany

Scientific Organizer:

Stanislav N. Gorb / Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

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Topics 2023

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 surfaces. Topics encompassed functional mechanisms as well as the characterization of biological surfaces with different functionalities: adhesion, friction, wear-resistance, wettability, photonics, etc. Based on this knowledge, a further key topic was the consideration of structural principles in biological systems as potential models for the generation of novel technical surfaces and their implementations into engineering systems.


The following aspects were covered at the symposium:

/ biological surfaces and physical principles of their functioning

/ technical bio-inspired micro- and nanosctructured surfaces

/ tribological surfaces: adhesion, friction, wear-resistance

/ wettability and self-cleaning

/ photonical surface

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Guillermo Amador / Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

Ming Bai / Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Wilhelm Barthlott / Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants, Germany

Thies Büscher / University of Kiel, Germany

Mikhail Chamonine / Regensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Zhendong Dai / Nanjing University Aeronautics & Astronautics, China

Stanislav N. Gorb / University of Kiel, Germany

Atsushi Hozumi / AIST Chubu, Japan




Rhainer Guillermo-Ferreira / Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro, Brazil

Wencke Krings / University of Hamburg, Germany

Poramate Manoonpong / University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Rox Middleton / TU Dresden, Germany

Florian Müller-Plathe / Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Gábor Piszter / Center for Energy Research, Hungary

Manuela Rebora / University of Perugia, Italy

Dan Sameoto / University of Alberta, Canada



Thomas Schimmel / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Stephen Schrettl / Technical University of Munich, Germany

Alyssa Stark / Villanova University, USA

Anne Staubitz / University of Bremen, Germany

Hans-Henning Stutz / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Tobias Weidner / Aarhus University, Denmark

Cordt Zollfrank / Technical University of Munich, Germany


No 1: Micro structured and visibly pigmented polyolefin surfaces for visibly opaque and thermally scattering materials for camouflage applications
Mehnab Ali / University of Alberta

No 2: Garlic derived carbon dots: chemical structures and antioxidant properties
Mattia Bartoli / Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

No 3: Evolution of functional surface microstructures on leaf insect eggs (Phasmatodea: Phylliidae)
Thies H. Büscher / University of Kiel

No 4: Anti-icing properties of plant surfaces: the ice formation on leaves visualized by Cryo-SEM experiments
Elena V. Gorb / University of Kiel

No 5: Mechanical and adhesive properties of mucilaginous coat in seeds of Ocimum basilicum (Lamiaceae)
Helen Gorges / University of Kiel

No 6: Micro- and nano-scopic characters of structural colours in different altitude living shining leaf chafers (Insecta: Coleoptera)
Yuanyuan Lu / Chinese Academy of Sciences

No 7: Marine mammal parasites: surface adaptations of arthropod parasites to underwater attachment
Anika Preuss / University of Kiel

No 8: Influence of surface micro-structure in friction perception
Sairam Saikumar / Leibniz-Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken

No 9: Development and testing of thermal "Buddha Board" techniques for infrared transmissibility control
Xiaoruo Sun / University of Alberta

No 10: Investigation of morphological and physical characteristics of the adhesive secretion in stick insects (Phasmatodea)
Julian Thomas / University of Kiel

No 11: Dry self-cleaning of photovoltaic panels with nanostructures inspired by the sandfish (Scincus scincus)
Patrick Weiser / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology