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[2016-09-26] Biomimetic Wetting: Best Presentation Award for Cristina Plamadeala

Cristina Plamadeala has been awarded the Best Presentation Award at the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) 2016 Fall Meeting from September 19 to 22, 2016 in Warsaw - Poland. She received the award in recognition of the Best Student Presentation in Symposium B "Bioinspired and biointegrated materials as frontiers nanomaterials VI". Her presentation was entitled "Three-dimensional laser-written structures fabricated by two-photon polymerization for wetting experiments". She reported on laser-written micro-structures with interesting wetting properties, which are inspired by features occurring at the integument of animals like flat bark bugs and moisture-harvesting lizards. Her results demonstrated that biomimetic surface micro-ornamentation can promote a directional transport of fluids, which may lead to applications in microfluidics and friction reduction. The work is part of her doctoral Thesis, which is performed in the Framework of the European FET Open project LiNaBioFluid ( under supervision of a.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Heitz and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Baumgartner at the Institute of Applied Physics and the Institute of Biomedical Mechatronics of the JKU Linz.

Award ceremony (C. Plamadeala: right)                    Published on project website 

[2015-10-02] New European Project started at the Institute of Bimoedical Mechatronics and the Institute of Applied Physics of the JKU

The project LiNaBioFluid “Laser-induced Nanostructures as Biomimetic Model of Fluid Transport in the Integument of Animals” has started in recently ( It brings together 7 partners from 4 different countries, including the JKU with the Institutes of Biomedical Mechatronics ( and the Institute of Applied Physics ( The project aims on laser-fabrication of biomimetic surfaces with unique wetting properties, which are inspired by the hierarchical micro- and nano- structures at the moisture collecting outer surfaces of flat bark bugs and dessert lizards. The outcome of these innovative wetting effects is expected to lead to radically new technological advances, including reduction in friction and wear in lubricants.
LiNaBioFluid is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Community’s Horizon 2020 - FET Open program, which supports early-stage research on concepts for new technologies. The project proposal was strongly based on the ideas of Werner Baumgartner and Johannes Heitz of the Institute of Biomedical Mechatronics and Institute of Applied Physics at the JKU. They are very proud of the success of the proposal as the call in this Excellent Science pillar of the H2020 program was very competitive with a success rate of only 3%.

[2015-09-24] Best Poster Award at EMSLIBS 2015 for Simon Eschlböck-Fuchs

Simon Eschlböck-Fuchs has been awarded the 3rd Prize of the Best Poster Award at the 8th Euro-Mediterranean Symposium on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, held from September 14 to 18, 2015 at JKU Linz, Austria. The Poster was entitled "Tomography of laser-induced plasma for temporally, spectrally and spatially resolved plasma diagnostics using Radon transform technique". Slag samples from industrial steel production (secondary metallurgy) were ablated by intense laser pulses and the properties of the laser-induced plasma were analyzed. The 4D (spatial and temporal) distribution of plasma parameters and optical emission were successfully reconstructed by Radon transform technique. The work is part of his PhD Thesis, which is performed in the Institute of Applied Physics at JKU Linz in co-operation with partners voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Linz, and Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin.

Simon Eschlböck-Fuchs is awarded with the 3rd poster prize of EMSLIBS 2015.

[2015-09-24] 8th EMSLIBS Conference at JKU Linz in September 2015

The 8th Euro-Mediterranean Symposium on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, held at the Johannes Kepler University Linz on September 14 – 18 (2015), has been a very successful international conference ( 200 research scientists from 29 countries and 4 continents contributed with more than 155 presentations to this conference. The scientific presentations were dealing with the newest developments on laser-based techniques for the measurement and analysis of chemical elements and molecules in complex materials (solid, liquid, and gaseous). Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was the most important technique reported. LIBS enables a large variety of applications ranging from materials research, industrial production, mineralogy, geochemistry, archeometry, and under-water measurements, e.g. for sea-floor inspection.
Scientific highlights of the conference were, among others, the application of femtosecond laser filaments for stand-off detection (USA), the investigation on early detection of cancer cells (USA), the demonstration of strongly increased detection sensitivity using nano-particles (Italy, Spain), the ongoing successful analysis of Martian soil and rock on board of the NASA rover curiosity (USA, EU), the application of LIBS for molecular and isotope analysis (USA, EU, Israel), and the many industrial applications reported, e.g. on secondary raw materials, recycling, sorting, and process control (EU, China, Russia, Brazil). A further highlight of the EMSLIBS conference was the exhibition of many companies presenting their lasers, spectrometers, technical components, and services.
The conference was held for the first time in Austria. EMSLIBS 2015 was organized by the Institute of Applied Physics at JKU Linz (Conference chairman: A.Univ.Prof. Dr. Johannes D. Pedarnig. Conference website:

Some remarks of conference participants:

“The scientific program was excellent.”

“Thank you one more for the excellent organization of the EMSLIBS 2015 and the photos.”

“I would like to congratulate you for the excellent organization of EMSLIBS2015 and the high level of the scientific program of the conference. Thank you for your hospitality.”

“Thank you once again for the support and congratulations for the well organized conference.”

“We very much enjoyed the conference last week. From all of us … I would like to thank you and all those at JKU who worked hard to make the conference a success.”

“… thank you for … the EMLIBS which took place in your beautiful country, city and university … I have greatly enjoyed every single aspect of the conference and can assure you that I find it to be one of the best organized one I have ever attended. Congratulations to all of you and please convey my thanks to all.”

“I am happy to have got the opportunity to meet the expertise in the field of LIBS and interact with them.”

“… thank you very much for the conference … being a wonderful host, not least for a high caliber international symposium well organized and executed.”

“I would also like to send my greatest thanks for arranging this conference … I must say that from an organizational point of view, it’s definitely one of the best conferences I have ever attended. You all did a great job in organizing it. Please forward my gratitude to the people at your side, making this event so successful.”

“… Sie und Ihr Team haben sehr gute Arbeit geleistet.”

“… nochmals für das große Engagement von Ihnen und Ihren Kollegen bei der Vorbereitung und bestens gelungenen Durchführung der EMSLIBS 2015 bedanken!”

Participants at EMSLIBS 2015 gathering near the JKU pond during a conference break.