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International Bionic Award 2016: robust water and oil repellent surfaces

v.l.n.r.: L. Vollrath (Vertreter Schauenburg-Stiftung) , M. Pothen (Preisträger), R. Appel (VDI-Direktor und Laudator), P. Comanns (Preisträger), G. Buchberger (Preisträgerin), K. Winands (Preisträger), A. Kesel (HS Bremen und Vorsitzende VDI-FB Bionik) (Picture: Labisch/BIC Bremen)
Evening ceremony (left to right): Dr. Juri Tschernjaew (laudatio), Prof. Dr. Karin Luckey (president Universität Bremen/Germany); Marc Schauenburg (representative Schauenburg-Stiftung); Prof. Antonia Kesel (chair of VDI Society Technologies of Life Sciences), Prof. Gijs Krijnen (supervisor 3rd place Bionic Award 2014), Dipl.-Biol. Julia Nickerl (winner Bionic Award 2014), Dipl.-Ing Kai Tausch (2nd place Bionic Award 2014), Dr. rer. nat. Ralf Helbig (winner Bionic Award 2014), Dr. rer. nat. René Hensel (winner Bionic Award 2014), Dr. rer. nat. Adrian Klein (3rd place Bionic Award 2014), Dipl.-Biol. Hendrik Herzog (3rd place Bionic Award 2014)

Prize Winner and Subject:

The International Bionic Award 2016 donated by Schauenburg-Stiftung has been awarded to a team of 4 members: Dipl.-Ing. Gerda Buchberger B.Sc. (Institute of Biomedical Mechatronics, JKU Linz/Austria), Dipl.-Biol. Philipp Comanns (Institute of Biology II, RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Dipl.-Ing. Kai Winands and Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Mario Pothen M.Sc. (Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Aachen, Germany),  for the outstanding quality of their investigation of the directional, passive transport of liquids in capillary channels on the skin of the Texas horned lizard. The prize has been awarded in the frame of the bionic congress "Patents of nature" in Bremen/Germany on 21 October, 2016.

In 2016, the International Bionic Award has been awarded for the 5th time.

Inspired by the Texas horned lizard‘s skin, innovative capillary surface structures enable (uni)directional liquid transport for applications ranging from lubrication to lab-on-a-chip (Picture: © RWTH-Aachen University / JKU Linz/Austria / Fraunhofer IPT)
Bionic Award 2016: Texas horned lizard

English press release of International Bionic Award 2016

See more at our VDI-BLOG (in German language) about the winners of the International Bionic Award 2014 and the integrated film about the development of omniphobic polymer membranes mimicking the surface characteristics of the cuticle of spring tails: http://blog.vdi.de/2014/10/die-fluessigkeitsabweisenden-hautstrukturen-von-springschwaenzen/#sthash.BBHrmCXm.dpuf 

YouTube film about the surface characteristics of the cuticle of spring tails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF951D_i9_c#action=share

 

Impressions of the Award Ceremony 2014

The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right)
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event (Picture: VDI / Woppowa)
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right) 
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right)
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event (Picture: VDI)
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right) 
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right)
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event (Picture: VDI / Woppowa)
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right) 
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right)
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event (Picture: VDI / Woppowa)
The winner team of the International Bionic Award 2014
Founder of the International Bionic Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (left) with the prize winners of the Bionic Award 2014 and Dr. Ljuba Woppowa (right) 
Study course in biomimetics of Prof. Kesel, Hochschule Bremen
Bionic Award evening event

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International Bionic- Award 2012: Sun protection system inspired by Strelitzia

Founder of the International Bionic-Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (middle) with the prize winners and members of the jury, Mrs. Prof. Antonia Kesel, Bremen High School, and Prof. Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg (Picture: Woppowa/VDI)
Founder of the International Bionic-Award Marc Georg Schauenburg (middle) with the prize winners and members of the jury, Mrs. Prof. Antonia Kesel, Bremen High School, and Prof. Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg

Prize Winner
is a team of 6 members from South Germany: Julian Lienhard and Simon Schleicher, University of Stuttgart, Simon Poppinga and Dr. Tom Masselter, University of Freiburg as well as Lena Müller and Julian Sartori from the Institute for Textiles and Process Engineering, Denkendorf, Germany.

 

Subject
Inspired by Strelitzia reginae, the Flectofin® is a hinge-less flapping mechanism that enables adaptive facade shading systems and other innovative technical solutions.

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International Bionic- Award 2010: The technique of a tick as a model.

Photo: Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel; Felix Förster, Leipzig; Markus Hollermann, Kettenkamp; Marc-Georg Schauenburg (left to right) (Picture: )
Photo: Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel; Felix Förster, Leipzig; Markus Hollermann, Kettenkamp; Marc-Georg Schauenburg (left to right)

Prize Winner
Two young scientists of the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen/Germany have been awarded for their inspiring bionic work: Felix Förster and Markus Hollermann were honored for the development of bio-inspired mounting systems (plugs).

 

Subject
"Entwicklung bioinspirierter Befestigungssysteme zur Verankerung in Sandwichmaterialien" (Development of bio-inspired mounting systems for attaching in sandwich materials).

 

Press release of the DBU

 

Homepage "Die Bioniker"

 

 

 

 

International Bionic- Award 2008: Dr.-Ing. Michal Hermann, Fraunhofer ISE

Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann (M.), ehemaliger Stipendiat der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) und Träger des Bionic Awards, umrahmt vom Stifter des Preises, Hans-Georg Schauenburg, und Laudatorin Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel, Vorsitzende des Kompetenzfeldes Biotechnologie des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI).
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann, erster Träger des internationalen Bionic Awards.  (Picture: )
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann (M.), ehemaliger Stipendiat der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) und Träger des Bionic Awards, umrahmt vom Stifter des Preises, Hans-Georg Schauenburg, und Laudatorin Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel, Vorsitzende des Kompetenzfeldes Biotechnologie des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI).
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann, erster Träger des internationalen Bionic Awards.
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann (M.), ehemaliger Stipendiat der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) und Träger des Bionic Awards, umrahmt vom Stifter des Preises, Hans-Georg Schauenburg, und Laudatorin Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel, Vorsitzende des Kompetenzfeldes Biotechnologie des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI).
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann, erster Träger des internationalen Bionic Awards.  (Picture: )
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann (M.), ehemaliger Stipendiat der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) und Träger des Bionic Awards, umrahmt vom Stifter des Preises, Hans-Georg Schauenburg, und Laudatorin Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel, Vorsitzende des Kompetenzfeldes Biotechnologie des Vereins Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI).
Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann, erster Träger des internationalen Bionic Awards.

Prize Winner

Dr.-Ing. Michael Hermann, Fraunhofer ISE 

 

Subject

"Optimierung von Kühlsystemen und Solarkollektoren / Beispiel Blattnervatur"

Scientiest Michael Hermann hat developed a process which improves the efficiency of heat exchangers. His models have been leaves, arterials and lungs.

 

Press release of the DBU

 

 

 

 

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