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New Junior Research Group starting at B CUBE

Igor Zlotnikov starts his new research group for multi-scale analysis at B CUBE

Starting from the first of July, the ZIK B CUBE welcomes a new junior research group for Multi-Scale Analysis led by Igor Zlotnikov. With financial support from the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) for 5 years Zlotnikov gets the opportunity to build up his team, which will study the role of internal interfaces in biological tissues formation and function. Zlotnikov uses marine shells, such as the pen shell Pinna nobilis, which is one of the biggest shells worldwide, as a biological model system. He also works with glass spicules of marine sponges, such as the giant spicule of the deep-sea sponge Monorhaphis chuni.

His scientific research is based on the aim of establishing thermodynamic and mechanical models describing the role of internal interfaces in morphological regulation and mechanical behavior of mineralized tissue. "With the knowledge from our work we will gain more insights into different fields, ranging from global aspects of earth sciences to the more specific niches in biology, chemistry and materials science", says Zlotnikov. "The planned research is expected to provide new concepts for smart composite materials design while developing new nanomechanical characterization techniques that will be used in science and industry."

Igor Zlotnikov was born in the Ukraine and studied materials science and physics at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Since 2009, he worked as postdoctoral fellow and independent researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam.

For more information on the Zlotnikov group follow this link.


picture: Two types of microscleres extracted from the Demosponge Geodia cydonium.

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