Patents

Schneider, E. S., Mayser, M. J., Ditsche-Kuru, P., Walheim, S., Schimmel, T. and Barthlott, W. (2011), Unbenetzbare Oberflächen (unwettable sufaces),
       DE 102011121796.0

Ditsche, P and Summers, A. 2016, BioinspiredSuction Device with Friction Enhancement. UW ID 47760, EFS ID 26209941, USA. Patent Pending

 

Peer reviewed publications

 P.Ditsche, E. Gorb, M. Mayser, S. Gorb, T. Schimmel & W. Barthlott (2015) Elasticity of the hair cover in air-retaining Salvinia surfaces.
        Applied Physics A, DOI 10.1007/s00339-15-9439-y.

 

P. Ditsche & A. Summers (2014) Aquatic versus terrestrial attachment – water makes a difference. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, Special Issue Biological and Bioinspired Adhesion and Friction, 5: 2424-2439.

 

P. Ditsche, D. Wainwright & A. Summers (2014) The impact of surface roughness and fouling on suction adhesion in Northern Clingfish. Journal of Experimental Biology. 217: 2548-2554 (cover story).

 

P. Ditsche, J. Michels, A. Kovalev, J. Koop & S. Gorb (2014) More than just slippery – The impact of biofilm on the attachment of non-sessile freshwater mayfly larvae. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11: 20130989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2013.0989

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, W. Barthlott & J. H. E Koop (2012) At which surface roughness do claws cling? - Investigation with the larvae of the running water mayfly larvae Epeorus assimilis (Heptageniidae, Ephemeroptera). Zoology115: 379-388, 2012.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, E. Schneider, J.-E. Melskotte, M. Brede, A. Leder & W. Barthlott (2011) Superhydrophobic surfaces of the water bug Notonecta glauca: A model for friction reduction and air retention, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2, 137–144, 2011.

 

H.-J. Ensikat, P. Ditsche-Kuru, C. Neinhuis & W. Barthlott (2011). Superhydrophobicity in Perfection: the outstanding Properties of the Lotus Leaf. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 2: 152–161.

 

H.-J Ensikat, P. Ditsche-Kuru & W. Barthlott (2011) Scanning electron microscopy of plant surfaces: simple but sophisticated methods for preparation and examination.In: Microscopy: Science, Technology, Applications and Education, Vol. 1. Eds. by A. Mendez-Vliess & J. Diaz. Formatex Research Center, Badajoz, Spain. p. 248-255.

 

T. Masselter, W. Barthlott, G. Bauer, J. Bertling, F. Cichy, P. Ditsche-Kuru, F. Gallenmüller, M. Gude, T. Haushahn, M. Hermann, H. Immink, J. Knippers, J. Lienhard, R. Luchsinger, K. Lunz, C. Mattheck, M. Milwich, N. Mölders, C. Neinhuis, A. Nellesen, M. Rechberger, S. Schleicher, C. Schmitt, H. Schwager, R. Seidel, O. Speck, T. Stegmaier, I. Tesari, M. Thielen, and T. Speck (2011) Biomimetic products. In: Bar-Cohen, Y. (ed.), Biomimetics – Nature Based Innovation p. 377-429. CRC Press, Pasadena.

 

A. Balmert, H.F. Bohn, P. Ditsche-Kuru & W. Barthlott (2011) Dry under water: Comparative Morphology and Functional Aspects of Air-Retaining Insect Surfaces, Journal of Morphology 272 (4): 442-451

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, J.H.E. Koop & S.N. Gorb (2010) Underwater attachment in current: the role of setose attachment structures on the gills of the mayfly Epeorus assimilis (Ephemeroptera, Heptageniidae), The Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 1950-1959.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru & J.H.E. Koop (2009) New insights in a life in current: Do the gill lamellae of Epeorus assimilis and Iron alpicola larvae (Heptageniidae) function as a sucker or as friction pads? Aquatic Insects 31 (1), 495-506.

  

Invited symposia and seminar talks (selected)

 P. Ditsche, A. Stark & D. Irschick. Biological attachment mechanisms - from dry to wet: examples and applications, International Congress on Vertebrate Morphology, ICVM Symposium: Interdisciplinary and Evolutionary Approach to Vertebrate Biological Materials, Washington D.C., USA, 30.06.2016 

P. Ditsche. Attachment as a key of survival in challenging aquatic habitats, Institutskolloquium, Universität Kiel, Zoologisches Institut, Germany, 06.07.2015.

P. Ditsche. Bioinspired suction attachment from the sea. The Adhesive and Sealant Council- 2015 Spring Convention & EXPO, Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, TN, 21.04.2015.

 P. Ditsche. Living in challenging habitats - Biomechanics of animal attachment in streams and the marine intertidal, Seminar talk, Bellingham, Western Washington University, 29.10.2014.

 

P. Ditsche: Living in challenging habitats – Biomechanics of attachment in stream mayfly larvae and intertidal fish, FHL Autumn seminar series, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, 23.10.2013. 

P. Ditsche-Kuru & S. Gorb: Strömungsanpassungen von Eintagsfliegen, Limnological seminar, Limnological Institute Iffeldorf, Technical University of Munich, 15.12.2011.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, J. Koop, S. Gorb & W. Barthlott: Von Unterwasserhaftung bis Reibungsreduktion – Aquatische Insekten als Ideengeber. ITV Denkendorf, Symposium of energy and biomimetics, 12.05.2011.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru Strömungsanpassungen von Eintagsfliegenlarven – Oder was haben Epeorus assimilis und Iron alpicola (Heptageniidae, Ephemeroptera) mit dem Gecko gemeinsam? Max Plank Institut für Metallforschung, Evol. Biomaterials, 01.03.2008

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru: Strömungsanpassungen von Eintagsfliegenlarven - Oder was haben Epeorus assimilis und Iron alpicola (Ephemeroptera, Heptageniidae) mit dem Gecko gemeinsam? Zoological Kolloquium, University of Mainz, 13.12.2007.

 

P. Ditsche: Zum Chemismus von Waldbächen des Thüringer Waldes. Max-Plank-Institute of Limnology, Schlitz, 04.11.1999.

 

P. Ditsche: Eignung von Picea abies und Alnus glutinosa für die Uferbestockung von Talsperrenzuläufen. Limnol. seminar, Eidgenössischen Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung u. Gewässerschutz EAWAG, Dübendorf, Switzerland, 11.05.1995.

 

Presentations and published abstracts (selected)

P. Ditsche, A. Summers. Clingfish inspired suction cups – Holding tight when it gets rough. Talk. Ann. Meet. SICB, New Orleans, 4-8.01.2017.

 

M. Grear, P. Ditsche & S. Motley. Development of a material constitutive model for Killer Whale and Harbor Porpoise. Talk. Ann. Meet. SICB,
       New Orleans, 4-8.01.2017.

 

P. Ditsche, P. Jackson, A. Wooster, L. Aspelund, C. Wilga, R. Turingian, L. Penrod, B. Dumont& L. Ferry. Biomechanical properties of the jaw and hyoid
      of Elasmobranchs. Talk. Ann. Meet. SICB, New Orleans, 4-8.01.2017.

 

Grear, M, Crofts, S., Summers, A. Copping,A. & P. Ditsche, Finite element analysis of harbor seals’ (Phoca vitulina) soft tissue response to a tidal turbine blade strike. Talk. Ann. Meet. SICB, Portland, 3.-7.01.2016.

 

P. Ditsche, W. Ford & A. Summers. Talk. The role of cup elasticity in suction attachment in Northern Clingfish. Talk. Ann. Meet. SICB, Portland, 3.-7.01.2016.

 

Hicks, M, Linkem, Ch., Truong. L., Summers, A. & P. Ditsche. An easy and applicable method to measure roughness in the marine intertidial Poster. Ann. Meet. SICB, Portland, 3.-7.01.2016.

 

P. Ditsche & A. Summers. Northern Clingfish: How to use suction on rough surfaces. Talk. Society of Experimental Biology, Annual Meeting, Prague,
        Czech Republic, 30.06.2015.

  

P. Ditsche, Jan Michels, Alexander Kovalev, Jochen Koop, Stanislav Gorb. More than just slippery - The impact of biofilm on the attachment of the running water mayfly Epeorus assimilis. Talk. Society of Freshwater Science. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 18.05.2015.

  

P. Ditsche & A. Summers. Bioinspired suction attachment from the sea. Talk. Annual Meeting, Adhesion Society, Savannah, Georgia, 25.02.2015.

  

L. Truong, Ch. Linkem, B. Briones Ortiz & P. Ditsche. Northern Clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus) - Substrate characteristics, changing water levels and wave forces. Poster. Annual Meeting SICB, West Palm Beach, 3.-7.01.2015.

 

K. Christiansen & P. Ditsche. Let's Not Get Attached: The role of suction in Chiton Attachment. Poster. Annual Meeting SICB, West Palm Beach, 3.-7.01.2015.

 

P. Ditsche & A. Summers. Aquatic versus terrestrial animal attachment – water makes a difference. Talk. Annual Meeting SICB, West Palm Beach, 3.-7.01.2015

 

A. VanHemmen & P. Ditsche. Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Attachment forces and the role of suction in the white plumose sea anemone. Poster. Annual Meeting SICB, West Palm Beach, 3.-7.01.2015.

 

L. Truong, Ch. Linkem, B. Briones Ortiz & P. Ditsche. Northern Clingfish (Gobiesox maeandricus) - Substrate characteristics, changing water levels and wave forces. Poster. Annual Meeting SICB, West Palm Beach, 3.-7.01.2015.

 

P. Ditsche, J. Fahlbush & A. Summers. Biomechanics of suction attachment in Northern Clingfish. Talk. Annual Meeting SICB, West Palm Beach, 3.-7.01.2015

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, D. Wainwright & A. Summers. Sticky or slippery? - The impact of fouling on suction adhesion in Northern Clingfish - talk. EU 
     COST Workshop Biological Adhesives, Cluj Napoca, Romania, 09.-11.04.2013.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, J. Michels, A. Kovalev, J. Koop & S. Gorb. The impact of biofilm on the attachment of mobile aquatic insects. talk. International
    Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives. Lis Boa, Portugal, 8-12.05.2012.

 

S. Kaehlert, T. Kleinteich, S. Gorb & P. Ditsche-Kuru Strömungsanpassung von Ecdyonurus sp. - Hat der Femur die Eigenschaften einer Tragfläche? talk,
    DGL-Jahrestagung 2012, Koblenz, 26.09.2012.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru & S. Gorb. Comparative morphology of attachment pads on the gill lamellae of selected mayfly larvae. Poster. Microscopy Conference MC Kiel, 28.08.-02.09.2011.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru & S. Gorb. Underwater attachment to substrates of different surface roughness – The role of gill lamella surfaces in running water mayfly larvae Epeorus assimilis. Talk. Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Biology in Glasgow, 01.-04.07.2011.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, M. Mayser, E. Schneider, H. Bohn, K. Koch, J.-E. Melskotte, M. Brede, A. Leder, M. Barczewski, A. Weis, A. Kaltenmaier, S. Walheim, T. Schimmel & W. Barthlott. Eine Lufthülle für Schiffe - Können Schwimmfarn und Rückenschwimmer helfen Sprit zu sparn? Talk, In: Bionik: Patente aus der Natur, Tagungsbeiträge des 5. Bionik-Kongresses der Hochschule Bremen, Oktober 2010. Eds. Kesel, A. B. & Zehren, D., ISBN 078-3-00-033467-2, pp. 159-165.

 

D. Mewes, S. Gorb, J.H.E. Koop & P. Ditsche-Kuru (2010): Antifouling im Süßwasser: Möglichkeiten der Reduktion des Bewuchses mit Dreissena polymorpha durch Einsatz strukturierter Oberflächen. Talk, In: Erweiterte Zusammenfassung der DGL-Jahrestagung 2009, Oldenburg, ISBN 978-3-9802188-9-4, pp.256-260.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru, J.H.E. Koop & S.N. Gorb (2009): Unterwasserhaftung in der Strömung – Die Haftorgane ausgewählter Eintagsfliegen als mögliches Vorbild für bionische Anwendungen. Poster, In: Bionik: Patente aus der Natur, Tagungsbeiträge des 4. Bionik-Kongresses der Hochschule Bremen, November 2008, ISBN 978-3-00-027193-9, pp..217-221.

 

P. Ditsche-Kuru & J. Koop (2008) New insights in a life in current: Do gill plates of Epeorus assimilis and Iron alpicola larvae (Heptageniidae) really have a sucker function?Talk, International Conference on Ephemeroptera and the 16th International Symposium on Plecoptera, Stuttgart 2008