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Zlotnikov Group - Publications


Natural hybrid silica/protein superstructure at atomic resolution

S. Görlich , A. J. Samuel, R. J. Best, R. Seidel, J. Vacelet, F. K. Leonarski, T. Tomizaki, B. Rellinghaus, D. Pohl, I. Zlotnikov*

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., accepted (2020)


Dynamics of Topological Defects and Structural Synchronization in a Forming Periodic Tissue

M. Beliaev, D. Zöllner, A. Pacureanu, P. Zaslansky, I. Zlotnikov*

Nat. Phys., accepted (2020)


The role of mural mechanics on cephalopod palaeoecology

R. Lemanis, D. Stier, I. Zlotnikov, P. Zaslansky, D. Fuchs

J. R. Soc. Interface, 17 (164), 20200009 (2020)


Quantification of sheet nacre morphogenesis using X-ray nanotomography and deep learning

M. Beliaev, D. Zöllner, A. Pacureanu, P. Zaslansky, L. Bertinetti, I. Zlotnikov*

J. Struct. Biol. 209 (1), 107432 (2020)


Crystal growth kinetics as an architectural constraint on the evolution of molluscan shells

V. Schoeppler, R. Lemanis, E. Reich, T. Pusztai, L. Gránásy, I. Zlotnikov*

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116 (41), 20388-20397 (2019)


High-throughput segmentation of tiled biological structures using random walk distance transforms

D. Baum, J. C. Weaver, I. Zlotnikov, D. Knötel, L. Tomholt, M. N. Dean

Integr. Comp. Biol. icz117 (2019)


Texture controlled grain growth in thin films studied by 3D Potts model

D. Zöllner, I. Zlotnikov

Adv. Theory Simul. 1900064 (2019)


Topological transitions: A topological random walk or pure geometric necessity?

D. Zöllner, P. R. Rios, I. Zlotnikov

Comput. Mater. Sci. 166, 42-56 (2019)


Control of biosilica morphology and mechanical performance by the conserved diatom gene Silicanin-1

S. Görlich, D. Pawolski, I. Zlotnikov, N. Kröger

Commun. Biol. 2, 245 (2019)


Biomineralized tissue formation as an archetype of ideal grain growth

D. Zöllner, I. Zlotnikov*

Mater. Horizons 6, 751-757 (2019)


Morphological and textural evolution of the prismatic ultrastructure in mollusc shells: A comparative study of Pinnidae species

E. Reich, V. Schoeppler, R. Lemanis, E. Lakin, E. Zolotoyabko, D. Zöllner, I. Zlotnikov*

Acta Biomater. 85, 272-281 (2019)


Biomineralization as a paradigm of directional solidification: A physical model for molluscan shell ultrastructural morphogenesis

V. Schoeppler, L. Gránásy, E. Reich, N. Poulsen, R. de Kloe, P. Cook, A. Rack, T. Pusztai, I. Zlotnikov*

Adv. Mater. 1803855 (2018)


Modelling texture dependent grain growth by 2D Potts model simulations: A detailed analysis

D. Zöllner, I. Zlotnikov

Comput. Mater. Sci. 155, 180-196 (2018)


Finite element analysis as a method to study molluscan shell mechanics

R. Lemanis*, I. Zlotnikov*

Adv. Eng. Mater. 20 (3), 1700939 (2018)


Shaping highly regular glass architectures: A lesson from nature

V. Schoeppler, E. Reich, J. Vacelet, M. Rosenthal, A. Pacureanu, A. Rack, P. Zaslansky, E. Zolotoyabko, I. Zlotnikov*

Sci. Adv. 3 (10), eaao2047 (2017)


Mesocrystalline calcium silicate hydrate: A bioinspired route towards elastic concrete materials

A. Picker, L. Nicoleau, Z. Burghard, J. Bill, I. Zlotnikov, C. Labbez, A. Nonat, H. Cölfen

Sci. Adv. 3 (11), e1701216 (2017)


Morphogenesis of biomineralized calcitic prismatic tissue in Mollusca fully described by classical hierarchical grain boundary motion

D. Zöllner, E. Reich, I. Zlotnikov*

Cryst. Growth Des., 17 (10), 5023–5027 (2017)


Materials nanoarchitecturing via cation-mediated protein assembly: making limpet teeth without mineral

T. Ukmar-Godec, L. Bertinetti, J. W. C. Dunlop, A. Godec, M. A. Grabiger, A. Masic, H. Nguyen, I. Zlotnikov, P. Zaslansky, D. Faivre

Adv. Mater. 29, 1701171 (2017)


Feature Article: Thermodynamic aspects of molluscan shell ultrastructural morphogenesis

I. Zlotnikov*, V. Schoeppler

Adv. Func. Mater. 27, 1700506 (2017)


Nano-scale modulus mapping of biological composite materials: theory and practice

I. Zlotnikov*, E. Zolotoyabko, P. Fratzl

Prog. Mater. Sci. 87, 292-320 (2017)    


Micromechanical properties of strain-sensitive lyriform organs of a wandering spider (C. salei)

S. L. Young, M. Chyasnavichyus, F. G. Barth, I. Zlotnikov, Y, Politi, V. V. Tsukruk

Acta Biomater. 41, 40-51 (2016)


Gas barrier properties of bio-inspired Laponite–LC polymer hybrid films

U. Tritschler, I. Zlotnikov, P. Fratzl, H. Schlaad, S. Grüner , H. Cölfen

Bioinspir. Biomim. 11 (3), 035005 (2016)


Inherent role of water in damage tolerance of the prismatic mineral-organic biocomposite in the shell of Pinna nobilis 

B. Bayerlein, L. Bertinetti, B. Bar-On, H. Blumtritt, P. Fratzl, I. Zlotnikov*

Adv. Func. Mater. 26 (21), 3663–3669 (2016)


Dynamic response of a single interface in a biocomposite structure

B. Bar-On, B. Bayerlein, H. Blumtritt, I. Zlotnikov*

Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 (23), 238001 (2015)


Eshelby Twist as a Possible Source of Lattice Rotation in a Perfectly Ordered Protein/Silica Structure Grown by a Simple Organism

I. Zlotnikov*, P. Werner, P. Fratzl, E. Zolotoyabko

Small 11 (42), 5636–5641 (2015)


Characterizing moisture-dependent mechanical properties of organic materials: humidity controlled static and dynamic nanoindentation of wood cell walls

L. Bertinetti, U. D. Hangen, M. Eder, P. Leibner, P. Fratzl, I. Zlotnikov*

Phil. Mag. 95 (16-18), 1992-1998 (2015)


Electron microscope analyses of the bio-silica basal spicule from the M. chuni sponge

P. Werner, H. Blumtritt, I. Zlotnikov, A. Graff, Y. Dauphin, P. Fratzl

J. Struct. Biol. 191 (2), 165-174 (2015)


Micro- and nano-structural details of the spider’s mechanical vibration filter. Relevance for low frequency signal transmission

M. Erko, O. Y. Metzler, A. Rack, P. Zaslansky, S. L. Young, G. Milliron, M. Chyasnavichyus, F. G. Barth, P. Fratzl, V. Tsukruk, I. Zlotnikov, Y. Politi

J. R. Soc. Interface 12 (104), 20141111 (2015)


Self-similar mesostructure evolution of the growing mollusc shell reminiscent of thermodynamically driven grain growth

B. Bayerlein, P. Zaslansky, Y. Dauphin. A. Rack, P. Fratzl, I. Zlotnikov*

Nat. Mater. 13 (12), 1102-1107 (2014) 


A perfectly periodic three-dimensional protein/silica mesoporous structure produced by an organism

I. Zlotnikov*, P. Werner, H. Blumtritt, A. Graff, Y. Dauphin, E. Zolotoyabko, P. Fratzl

Adv. Mater. 26 (1), 1682-1687 (2014)


Hierarchically structured vanadium pentoxide–polymer hybrid materials

U. Tritschler, I. Zlotnikov (equal contribution), P. Zaslansky, P. Fratzl, H. Schlaad, H. Cölfen

ACS Nano 8 (5), 5089-5104 (2014)


Optical properties of self-organized gold nanorod-polymer hybrid films

U. Tritschler, I. Zlotnikov, P. Keckeis, H. Schlaad, H. Cölfen

Langmuir 30 (46), 4832-4842 (2014)


Composition and mechanical properties of a protein/silica hybrid material forming the micron-thick axial filament in the spicules of marine sponges

I. Zlotnikov*, A. Masic, Y. Dauphin, P. Fratzl, E. Zolotoyabko

Adv. Eng. Mater. 16 (9), 1073-1077 (2014)


Nanoscale elastic modulus mapping revisited: The concept of effective mass

I. Zlotnikov*, P. Fratzl, E. Zolotoyabko

J. Appl. Phys. 116 (11), 114308 (2014)


A spider’s biological vibration filter: micromechanical characteristics of a biomaterial surface

S. L. Young, M. Chyasnavichyus, M. Erko, F. G. Barth, P. Fratzl, I. Zlotnikov, Y. Politi, V. V. Tsukruk

Acta Biomater. 10 (11), 4832-4842 (2014)


Nanostructure of biogenic calcite and its modification under annealing: Study by high-resolution X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation

T. H. Metzger, Y. Politi G. Carbone, B. Bayerlein, I. Zlotnikov, E. Zolotoyabko, P. Fratzl

Cryst. Growth Des. 14 (10), 5275-5282 (2014)


I. Zlotnikov, D. Shilo, Y. Dauphin, H. Blumtritt,  P. Werner, E. Zolotoyabko and P. Fratzl, “In situ elastic modulus measurements of ultrathin protein-rich organic layers in biosilica: towards deeper understanding of superior resistance to fracture of biocomposites”, RSC Adv. 3, 5798-5802 (2013).


U. Tritschler, I. Zlotnikov, P. Zaslansky, B. Aichmayer, P. Fratzl, H. Schlaad, and H. Cölfen, “Hierarchical structuring of liquid crystal polymer–laponite hybrid materials”, Langmuir 29 (35), 11093-11101 (2013).


M. Erko, M. A. Hartmann, I. Zlotnikov, C. Valverde Serrano, P. Fratzl, and Y. Politi, “Structural and mechanical properties of the arthropod cuticle: Comparison between the fang of the spider Cupiennius salei and the carapace of American lobster Homarus americanus”, J. Struct. Biol. 183 (2), 172-179 (2013).


A. S. Schenk, I. Zlotnikov, B. Pokroy, N. Gierlinger, A. Masic, P. Zaslansky, A. N. Fitch, O. Paris, T. H. Metzger, H. Cölfen, P. Fratzl, and B. Aichmayer, “Hierarchical calcite crystals with occlusions of a simple polyelectrolyte mimic complex biomineral structures”, Adv. Func. Mater. 22 (22), 4668-4676 (2012).


I. Zlotnikov, H. Drezner, D. Shilo, B. Aichmayer, Y. Dauphin, E. Zolotoyabko and P. Fratzl, “Mapping nanomechanical properties near internal interfaces in biological materials”, MRS Proceedings 1345 (2011).


I. Zlotnikov, A. Dorogoy, D. Shilo, I. Gotman and E.Y. Gutmanas,Nanoindentation, modeling, and toughening effects of zirconia/organic nanolaminates, Adv. Eng. Mater. 12 (9), 935-94 (2010).


I. Zlotnikov, I. Gotman, J. Bill, Z. Burghard and E.Y. Gutmanas, “Synthesis and mechanical behavior of bioinspired ZrO2-organic nacre-like laminar nanocomposites, Colloids Surf., A 361, 138-142 (2010).


I. Zlotnikov, I. Gotman and E.Y. Gutmanas, “Characterization and nanoindentation testing of thin ZrO2 films synthesized using layer-by-layer (LbL) deposited organic templates”, Appl. Sur. Sci. 255 (5), 3447-3453 (2008).


I. Zlotnikov, I. Gotman and E.Y. Gutmanas, “Combustion synthesis of dense functionally graded B4C reinforced composites”, Materials Science Forum 492-493: Functionally Graded Materials VIII, 685-692 (2005).


I. Zlotnikov, I. Gotman and E.Y. Gutmanas, “Processing of dense bulk MgB2 superconductor via pressure-assisted thermal explosion mode of SHS”, J. Eur. Cer. Soc. 25 (15), 3517-3522 (2005).


I. Zlotnikov, I. Gotman and E.Y. Gutmanas, “Reactive processing of dense MgB2 superconductor from Mg-2B powder blend”, J. SHS 12 (4), 295-302 (2003).