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2017 Science Robotics. An interdisciplinary research team from Biology (E. Kizilkan, S. N. Gorb) and Chemistry (J. Strueben, A. Staubitz) has now succeeded in developing a bioinspired adhesive material that can be controlled remotely by using UV light. This way it is possible to precisely transport objects in a micro-range. The findings could be interesting for applications in the fields of robotics and medical technology. The Kiel-based research team's results were published in the scientific journal Science Robotics on 18 January. Sci. Robot. 2, eaak9454 (2017). DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aak9454 Original Paper

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2017 J. R. Soc. Interface. . The silk attachment of the pupae and last instar caterpillars of the tea bagworm Eumeta minuscula (Lepidoptera, Psychidae) to the leaves of its host plant Ilex chinensis was experimentally studied. We found that the bagworms spin attachment discs similar to a plaque consisting of numerous overlaid, looped glue-coated silk fibres and the medially attaching suspension thread. The field observations and structural data show that bagworms remove the leaf epidermis prior to silk attachment, in order to ensure a reliable contact to the plant substrate. J. R. Soc. Interface, 2017, 14: 20170007. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0007Original Paper





2017 New thematic series of Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. The thematic series Biological and Biomimetic Materials and Surfaces edited by Stanislav N. Gorb (Kiel University) and Thomas Speck (Freiburg University) discusses numerous experimental methods for the characterization of the mechanical properties of biological materials and surfaces at the micro- and nanoscale. It combines approaches from biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering and therefore represents an example of modern interdisciplinary science. All papers in the series are Open Access. Original Issue (Open Access):