Functional Nanomaterials Chair

Dr. Martina Baum

Kaiserstraße 2, R. F-129
Phone: +49 431 880-6195
Telefax: +49 431 880-6124
marb@tf.uni-kiel.de

2009, graduated as a Technical Biologist (Diploma degree) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany (diploma thesis, “Comparative study of the ultrastructure of the slippery zone in nine carnivorous Nepenthes species”, realized at the Evolutionary Biomaterials Group at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research Stuttgart, Germany). 2009 (March - June) researcher at Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research. 2009 (August) till 2013 (November), PhD-thesis at the department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics at the Zoological Institute, University of Kiel, Germany. Title of the PhD-Thesis was „Frictional properties of snake and snake-inspired microstructured polymer surfaces“. Within this study the tribologically optimized frictional system "snake" was characterized by the examination of the micro-structures of single snake scales and ventral body regions by SEM. By friction measurements of original snake skin and polymeric replica the influence of these micro-structures in contact with different substrates was examined. The aim of this study was on the one side to get deeper understanding of the physical phenomena friction at biological surfaces and on the other side to transfer the gained knowledge of the biological system to technical surfaces under mechanical stress.

From 2014 (January) Post-Doc position at the department of Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute for Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kiel, Germany. The current research is focused on the development of an environmentally friendly polymeric coating with antifouling effect for maritime buildings.

Research areas:

·         Biotribology

·         Biofouling

·         Functional morphology of biological materials

Scientific career:

2005-2006, Student research project, "Isolation of bovine Tom40 expressed in Escherichia coli" at the Institute of Biology, Biophysics Department at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

2008-2009, Diploma thesis "Comparative study of the ultrastructure of the slippery zone in nine carnivorous Nepenthes species" at the Evolutionary Biomaterials group at the Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research Stuttgart, Germany.

2009-2013, PhD thesis "Frictional properties of snake and snake-inspired microstructured polymer surfaces“ at the department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics at the Zoological Institute, University of Kiel, Germany.

From 2014, Post-Doc position at the department of Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute for Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kiel, Germany. The current research is focused on the development of an environmentally friendly polymeric coating with antifouling effect for maritime buildings.

Other interests:

Characterization of tribological and mechanical properties of biological composite materials. Interactions at the interface between artificial materials and biological systems.

Publications:

Peer-reviewed journals/journals

1.    Benz, M. J., Gorb, E. V. & Gorb, S. N. (2012) Diversity of the slippery zone microstructure in pitchers of nine carnivorous Nepenthes taxa. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6,147–158.

PDF-file: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11829-011-9171-2

 

2.    Gorb, S.N., Baum, M. J., Purtov, J., Jacky, N., Gorb, E., Rengarajan, G. T., Volf, A. und Steinhart, M. (2012). Gefahr in der Gleitzone: Hierarchische antiadhäsive Oberflächen durch Nachahmung von Insektenfallen. labor&more 7, 26-32.

HTML-Version: http://www.laborundmore.de/archive/806828/Hierarchische-antiadhaesive-Oberflaechen-durch-Nachahmung-von-Insektenfallen.html

 

3.    Barnes W. P. J., Baum M. J., Peisker H. and Gorb S. N. (2013) Comparative Cryo-SEM and AFM Studies of Hylid and Rhacophorid Tree Frog Toe Pads. Journal of Morphology 274, 12, 1384-1396.

PDF-file: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmor.20186/full

 

4.    Gorb E. V., Baum M. J. and Gorb S. N. (2013) Development and regeneration ability of the wax coverage in Nepenthes alata pitchers: a cryo-SEM approach. Scientific Reports 3 : 3078.

PDF-file: http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/131029/srep03078/pdf/srep03078.pdf

HTML-version: http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/131029/srep03078/full/srep03078.html?WT.ec_id=SREP-631-20131101

 

5.    Baum M. J., Heepe L., Gorb S. N. (2014) Friction behavior of a microstructured polymer surface inspired by snake skin. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2014, 5, 83–97.

HTML-version: http://www.beilstein-journals.org/bjnano/content/html/2190-4286-5-8.html

 

6.    Baum M. J., Kovalev A. E., Michels J. and Gorb S. N. (2014) Anisotropic Friction of the Ventral Scales in the Snake Lampropeltis getula californiae Tribology Letters 54, 2, 139-150.

PDF-version: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11249-014-0319-y

 

7.    Baum M. J., Heepe L., Fadeeva E. and Gorb S. N. (2014) Dry Friction of the Microstructured Polymer Surfaces Inspired by Snake Skin. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 5, 1091–1103.

PDF-file: http://www.beilstein-journals.org/bjnano/content/pdf/2190-4286-5-122.pdf
HTML-version:
http://www.beilstein-journals.org/bjnano/content/5/1/122

 

8.    Hölken, I., M. Hoppe, Y. K. Mishra, S. N. Gorb, R. Adelung, and M. J. Baum. (2016). Complex shaped ZnO nano-and microstructure based polymer composites: mechanically stable and environmentally friendly coatings for potential antifouling applications. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18:7114–7123.

PDF-file: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/cp/c5cp07451g#!divAbstract

HTML-Version: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2016/CP/C5CP07451G

Proceedings

1.    Benz, M. J., Kovalev, A. E., Gorb, S. N. (2012). Anisotropic frictional properties in snakes. Proc. of SPIE 8339. (DOI 10.1117/12.916972).

PDF-file: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=131242

 

2.    Hölken, I., et al. "Functional Ecofriendly Coatings for Marine Applications." 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering. Springer Singapore, 2016a.

PDF: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-287-736-9_61

 

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Podcast bei Beilstein.TV des Beilstein-Instituts zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften mit dem Titel "Anisotropic frictional properties of snake skin" veröffentlicht am 01.07.2015.

Pressemeldung der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Nr. 226/2014 vom 16.07.2014 mit dem Titel "Schlangenhaut gegen den Verschleiß".

Interview für die Onlinezeitung des Ingenieursdienstleisters Ferchau mit dem Titel "Eine Haut für alle Fälle", veröffentlicht am 08.01.2015.