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Helmholtz Virtual Institute PlanktonTech

Founded by the Helmholtz Association, the Helmholtz Virtual Institute Plankton Tech focuses on fundamentals and principles of evolutionary optimization of lightweight structures of marine plankton. With PlanktonTech, the Helmholtz Association has founded an institute that will be expanded to a long-term collaborative research.

The members next to AWI include Harvard University, Rutgers University and the universities of Kiel and Freiburg.

The Institute focuses on fundamentals and principles of evolutionary optimization of lightweight structures of marine plankton. For example plankton shells of diatoms are analyzed by different microscopic methods and transferred into 3D data.

The biomechanical properties of the plankton organisms and principles of evolution can be characterized. The gained knowledge will be made available for industrial applications in the field of lightweight construction. One focus is the combination of lightweight composite structures for the implementation of concepts in the architecture and the automotive industry and in the manufacture of prototypes.

The idea of PlanktonTech arised during a workshop of the Biokon group "Lightweight and optimization" in Bremerhaven. The Bionics Competence Network Biokon is a BMBF-funded project that aims to demonstrate the potential of bionics in industry, science and further exploit.

This national network encompasses the most important working groups in the field of bionics, and forms the platform for professional exchange, development of school and university education content and concepts as well as the establishment of contacts for requests from the industry.


 

 
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