Prof. Dr. Kerstin KochmozPresentation title: Biological and Biomimetic Surfaces: How Plants influence Droplet Bouncing and Splashing by Surface Design

Prof. Dr. rer. nat habil. Kerstin Koch
Biology and Nanobiotechnology
Faculty of Live Sciences
Rhine-Waal University,
Marie-Curie Str. 1
47533 Kleve
Germany
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Scientific education:
Study of Biology (1992) and PhD (1998-2001) at the University of Bonn. 2001-2006 Assistant Professor at the Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants with Habilitation in 2006. Till 2007 Associate Professor at the University of Bonn. 2008 visiting Professor at the Ohio State University (USA), Nanoprobe Lab. for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics (NLB2). Since 2009 Professor for Biology and Nanobiotechnology and head of the Microscopy Center at the Rhine-Waal University, Kleve.

Main fields of research:
Origin and functions of micro- and nanostructures on plant surfaces. Self-assembly, molecular architectur, self-healing and crystallinity of plant waxes. Structures and chemistry of superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic plant surfaces and their role in wetting, self-cleaning, adhesion and signalling. Transfer of surface structures and functions into biomimetic surfaces.

Memberships:
Member of the German Biokon e.V. (Bionik Competence Network). Since 2009 founding membership of BIOKON International. Associate editor of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.