From Nature’s Nanoarchitectures to Nanofabricated Designs


Thanks to all speakers and attendants of last week’s Dresden DPG-symposium

Bioinspired Functional Materials: From Nature’s Nanoarchitectures to Nanofabricated Designs.

Held as an interdisciplinary symposium at the Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG) in Dresden from 19-24 March 2017, the symposium attracted all up around 300 or so attendants, for five excellent talk. The full program for this session is available here!

dpg_functional_materials_symposium_posterBiological materials often achieve functionality through complex spatial structures on the scale of nanometers and micrometers. Examples range from the brilliant optical reflections of butterfly wings and insects to the non-wetting properties of plant leaves. This symposium broadly addresses questions related to both function and formation of biological materials, as well as strategies for the self-assembly or the top-down fabrication of bio-inspired or bio-related structures and designs.

This symposium was organised by the topical groups Chemical Physics and Polymer Physics (CPP), Biological Physics (BP), Metals and Materials (MM), dielectric solids (DF), Dynamics and Statistical Physics (DY) und MI. The invited session will take place on Tuesday 21 March starting at 9:30 in HSZ 2.


Peter Vukusic, Silvia Vignolini and Gerd Schröder-Turk at the conference venue.

Invited speakers of the symposium were

Prof Peter Vukusic, Exeter University, England : Biophotonics and insect nanostructures

Dr Silvia Vignolini, Cambridge University, England : Biological and synthetic chiral structures in cellulose

Prof Vladimir Tsukruk, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA : Biomimetic applications of nanomaterials and their self-assembly

Prof Thomas Speck, Freiburg, Germany : Biomechanics and interface properties of plant tissue

Prof Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe, Germany : Nanofabrication of functional materials

The symposium is organised by Gerd Schröder-Turk (Murdoch University Perth), Karin Jacobs (University Saarbrücken) und Robert Magerle (University Chemnitz).

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