LiNaBioFluid “Laser-induced Nanostructures as Biomimetic Model of Fluid Transport in the Integument of Animals”,aims on laser-fabrication of biomimetic surfaces with unique wetting properties, which are inspired by the hierarchical micro- and/or nano- structures of the integument of animals.
LiNaBioFluid will employ advanced laser-processing strategies based on self-organization, to mimic the specific topography and the excellent wetting properties of the integument of bark bugs and moisture harvesting lizards resulting from adaptations to their environment. The outcome of this innovative biomimetic exploitation of wetting effects is expected to lead to radically new technological advances, including reduction in friction and wear in lubricants.
LiNaBioFluid is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Community’s Horizon 2020 - FET Open Programme, which supports early-stage research on any idea for a new technology (Grant Agreement no: 665337). It brings together 7 partners from 4 different countries. The project consortium is strongly interdisciplinary combining renowned experts from the fields of zoology, physics, mechatronics, life sciences, materials sciences, laser-matter interaction, production technology, tribology, and biomimetics. The joint project consortium forms an excellent base for fundamental and applied research in the field of biomimetic surfaces.