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Inspired by Nature: The secrets of bone structure and brilliantly colored animal skin

PhD defence, Wednesday 20 January 2021, Nina Kølln Wittig.

2021.01.20 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Nina Kølln Wittig

During her PhD studies, Nina Kølln Wittig researched in biological and bioinspired materials. Biological materials such as bone, blue mussel glue, or brilliantly colored animal skin, are characterized by multi-functionality and properties that are superior to most manmade materials. The secret to these properties is often found in the structure of the material with important structural features ranging length scales from the atomic to the anatomic. Nina Kølln Wittig studied the ultrastructure of bone with the goal of reaching a better understanding of this particular biological material. Furthermore, she made materials for use in bioinspired reflectors with stimuli-responsive colors.

The new findings reveal that the structure of bone is more complex and heterogeneous than hitherto believed, and have taken significant steps towards the realization of bioinspired reflectors based on an organic crystal with superior reflective properties.

The PhD study was completed at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 at 13.15
Place: The PhD defence will be held online.
To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Henrik Birkedal, hbirkedal@chem.au.dk.
Title of PhD thesis: Bone and Brilliance: Design of biological and bioinspired materials focused on bone ultrastructure and guanine crystallization
Contact information: Nina Kølln Wittig, e-mail: nkw@inano.au.dk, tel.: +45 28125214
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Martin Andersson, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Professor Peter Fratzl, Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Professor Duncan Sutherland (chairman), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Professor Henrik Birkedal, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.nat@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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