A team of four LiNaBioFLuid members received the International Bionic Award of the Schauenburg Foundation


In the project LiNaBioFluid surface structures found on the integument of moisture-harvesting lizards are mimicked to obtain similar wetting properties on technical surfaces. The images (b) and (d) show first results of the laser structuring process in comparison to the natural model ((a), (c)). The spike topography (b) is fabricated by laser-induced self-organization whereas the capillary network with the superimposed micro-dimple array is manufactured by direct laser ablation.


Research Images

(a) SEM image of the integument of Yarrow‘s spiky lizard Sceloporus jarovii. (b) Laser-induced self-organized nanostructures mimic the topography of (a). (c) SEM image of the integument of the moisture-harvesting lizard Phrynosoma platyrhinos. (d) Capillary structures with superimposed micro-dimple array manufactured by direct laser ablation mimic the topography of (c). The inset highlights the micro-dimples inside the capillaries.



Deliverable D2.1: Publication of results on lizard skin Download
Deliverable D2.2: SEM images of nanostructures Download
Deliverable D3.3: Publication of results on laser-induced surface structures on inorganic materials Download
Deliverable D3.4: Images of first results of bug-like surface morphologies Download


FORTH is the largest and most successful Research Institution in Greece (1125 personnel) incorporating 7 Institutes. In this project FORTH will participate with the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (FORTH-IESL), which is a multi-disciplinary scientific laboratory that focuses its research on fundamental and applied issues related to materials science and technology and laser interactions with matter.


The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public research institution of Spain and the third largest in Europe. The CSIC team is composed of members of the Laser Processing Group (LPG) at the Institute of Optics of the CSIC. The LPG has more than 25 years experience in laser-matter interaction, particularly in the study of ultrafast interactions dynamics and materials processing with ultrafast lasers.


The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is a young university (established 1966). Over 19,000 students are enrolled in over 60 modern, hands-on academic degree programs. Research conducted at all three faculties – Social Sciences, Economics & Business, Law, and Engineering & Natural Sciences – is recognized worldwide.


The BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Berlin, Germany) is a senior scientific and technical Federal institute. BAM has its responsibility in advancement of safety in technology and chemistry, physical and chemical inspections of materials and plants including supply of reference methods and reference materials, promoting the transfer of knowledge and technology in BAM's key areas, collaboration in developing legal regulations like on safety standards and threshold values, consulting on safety aspects of materials technology for the Federal Government and industry.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen was founded in 1980 with the mission of conducting application-oriented research and development and employs currently about 420 employees. In the areas of process technology, production machines, mechatronics, production metrology and quality as well as technology management, the Fraunhofer IPT offers partners and customers tailor-made and immediately practical solutions for the current production. The department "Laser Materials Processing" of the Fraunhofer IPT develops and qualifies laser manufacturing processes for an efficient use of the laser as a manufacturing tool.


High Tech Coatings GmbH (HTC) in Vorchdorf, Austria is a development partner and producer of high-end coatings (polymer coatings, PVD-coatings and electroplated coatings). HTC has 110 employees (as of June 2015) and is certified according ISO 9001:2008 and ISO TS 16949:2002. HTC is part of the Miba Coating Group, which is the coating competence center for the Miba Group as a whole. Miba Coating Group develops individual coating solutions for components.


The Institute of Biology II (Zoology) at RWTH Aachen University investigates several zoological research topics such as neurobiology, animal physiology, cell biology, biomimetics and didactics. Being part of a technical university with a large teaching hospital, the Zoology has much interdisciplinary cooperation with medical research, physics and engineering which shape the research at the institute.



LiNaBioFluid conference session

Following an initial discussion with the EMRS Spring 2017 (May 22-26) Symposium K organizers, it was decided to organize a session devoted to LiNaBioFluid scientific topics during the first day of the Symposium K.

The session has been organised successfully ( Six invited talks based on results obtained within the LiNaBioFluid project were presented during the special session "Advanced Surface Laser Engineering for Biomimetics" in Symposium K (Bioinspired and biointegrated materials as new frontiers nanomaterials VII), and in Symposium X (New frontiers in laser interaction: from hard coatings to smart materials) at the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017, held between May 22nd and 26th 2017 in Strasbourg, France. All talks received significant interest from the Symposium K participants. The most important information on the event has been uploaded to the project website and was announced as well on the LiNaBioFluid ResearchGate project page





LiNaBioFluid members received E-MRS Graduate Student Award

Mr. Evangelos Skoulas has been awarded the E-MRS Graduate Student Award for his research in the field of biomimetic surface processing in the framework of the LiNaBioFluid Project. The E-MRS Graduate Student Award was created to recognize and promote exceptional research done by graduates in the field of materials science. Evangelos Skoulas presented his work in biomimetic surface structuring using cylindrical vector femtosecond laser beams during the Bioinspired and biointegrated materials as new frontiers nanomaterials VII symposium at E-MRS spring meeting 2017.The VII edition of the Symposium, held in Strasburg (France), was dedicated to recent development on fundamentals and innovative applications of bio-nanotechnologies, with a special focus on biomaterials engineering and frontier nanomaterials based on emerging concepts for preparing, characterizing and applying bioinspired and biomimetic materials. Evalngelo’s presented work was part of his Doctoral Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis and part of LiNaBioFluid project at Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas.




A team of four LiNaBioFLuid members received the International Bionic Award of the Schauenburg Foundation

A four-person interdisciplinary team from Aachen and Linz received the International Bionic Award of the Schauenburg Foundation. Dr. Philipp Comanns (RWTH Aachen), Kai Winands and Mario Pothen (Fraunhofer IPT), and Gerda Buchberger (JKU Linz) received the award for developing channel structures for the directional transport of fluids on surfaces derived from the Texas horned lizard as role model. The ceremony took place in context of the Biomimetic Congress "Patents from Nature" in Bremen on 21st October 2016.



Biomimetic Wetting: Best Presentation Award for Cristina Plamadeala

Cristina Plamadeala has been awarded the Best Presentation Award at the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) 2016 Fall Meeting from September 19 to 22, 2016 in Warsaw - Poland. She received the award in recognition of the Best Student Presentation in Symposium B "Bioinspired and biointegrated materials as frontiers nanomaterials VI". Her presentation was entitled "Three-dimensional laser-written structures fabricated by two-photon polymerization for wetting experiments". She reported on laser-written micro-structures with interesting wetting properties, which are inspired by features occurring at the integument of animals like flat bark bugs and moisture-harvesting lizards. Her results demonstrated that biomimetic surface micro-ornamentation can promote a directional transport of fluids, which may lead to applications in microfluidics and friction reduction. The work is part of her doctoral Thesis, which is performed in the Framework of the European FET Open project LiNaBioFluid ( under supervision of a.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Heitz and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Baumgartner at the Institute of Applied Physics and the Institute of Biomedical Mechatronics of the JKU Linz.

Award ceremony (C. Plamadeala: right)

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