I am specialized in the emerging field of biomimicry and trained in interdisciplinary research and communication at the interface between biology and engineering. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology (Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany) and a master’s in biomimetics/biomimicry (Carinthia Universtiy of Applied Sciences, Austria). During these degree programs I did research on various scientific disciplines such as genetics, biophysics, immunology, material sciences and engineering. For my master thesis I worked at the Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering Denkendorf, Germany (ITV Denkendorf). The focus of my thesis was on the optimization of energy efficient textile buildings with transparent heat insulation for solar thermal usage inspired by the polar bear’s fur.
Since fall 2013 I am an Integrated Bioscience PhD student at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA. I am also a biomimicry fellow and work for the company Ross Environmental Services in Elyria, Ohio. During my PhD I would like to focus on research related to biomimicry, bioengineering and/or biomedical engineering. Current projects I am working on are: Finding Novel Approaches of Industrial Water Desalination Inspired by Natural Systems; Reverse Drug Design of ALK-Targeting Compounds in Neuroblastoma.
4 September 20131
The Scrubber Water Treatment Project is a key project for Ross Incineration Services, Inc. (RIS) in that it gives us control over a large volume, high cost residual stream. This control protects us from the future uncertainty of both transportation costs and disposal costs, ensures we have an outlet for our scrubber water, reduces our potential liability, improves our ability to gain additional revenue from high halogenated streams, improves our APC and closed loop performance, increases on-stream time, improves customer perception of our company and provides for a sustainable solution to our scrubber water stream by ensuring that 4 million + gallons of water remain in the ecosystem.
Humans have a long history of taking inspiration from nature to find extraordinary solutions to intractable or new challenges. Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that is now formalizing this approach. The University of Akron and The Cleveland Institute of Art, in affiliation with The Biomimicry Institute and the Great Lakes Biomimicry Collaborative are offering the first of its kind PhD training in Biomimicry. With Ross Environmental Services’ participation in the PhD program at the University of Akron, we have access to experts in biological systems, designers and engineers focused on imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems.
The project‘s goal is first of all the identification and understanding of desalination processes in nature. We will search for natural systems which are able to handle high salt concentrations and we will try to abstract conceivable bio-inspired principles which are applicable for technical systems. In the first project phase we will take a closer look at the desalination mechanisms of mangroves as well as the active transmembrane water transport by aquaporine protein channels.