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Our research includes approaches of several disciplines: zoology, botany, structural biology, biomechanics, physics, and materials science. Using a wide variety of methods, the group studies mechanical systems and materials, which appeared in biological evolution. The research is mainly focused on biological surfaces specialised for enhancement or reduction of frictional or/and adhesive forces. Such surfaces are composed of highly-specialised materials and bear surface structures optimised for a particular function. Some of these systems employ secretory substances, modulating forces in the contact area.


Slide dung beetles fighting for dung Slide Eristalis tenax - tarsus Slide Arachnoidiscus sp. Slide Lasius niger - head Slide frog landing Slide Geometry-dependent adhesion control Slide Photoresponsive bioinspired microstructured adhesives Slide photoresponsive bioinspired microstructured adhesive Slide Swift with parasite Cratarina pallida Slide Craterina pallida - foot Slide Sympetrum vulgatum - wing vein joint Slide Diplozoon paradoxum - attachment structures Slide Medauroidea extradentata - foot Slide Temora longicornis Slide Nezara viridula - tarsus Slide Monomorium pharaonis - head Slide Circocerus sp. - head Slide Daphnia atkinsoni - head