Prof Ille C. Gebeshuber

Head of the Laboratory of Biomimetics

Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM
PH: +60 (3) 8921 6305
Fax: +60 (3) 8925 0439
Email: [email protected]


Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber, Ph.D. is Head of the Laboratory of Biomimetics, Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Associate Professor of Experimental Physics at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria and Principal Scientist at the Austrian Center of Competence for Tribology, Wiener Neustadt.

Ille C. Gebeshuber's primary research interest is biomimetics, scanning probe microscopy and nanomedicine.

Prof. Gebeshuber's lab is focusing on detailed understanding of basic underlying principles of nanostructures that lead to physical colors (as opposed to pigment colours) in biological systems and the subsequent development of a fast, cheap and simple production method for such colors. Samples from biology comprise butterfly wings with amazingly colorful scales made from nanostructures, peacock feathers structural colors (photonic crystals), moth eyes with antireflective surfaces, spiders with reflective surfaces, diatoms (glass making algae) with naturally nanostructured surfaces resulting in nice colors, beetle scales with chiral liquid crystal surfaces, iridescent blue ferns (magic!), iridescent flowers.

In the nanomedicine research they collaborate with Prof. Fritz Aumayr, Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology, and Prof. Franz Gabor, Pharmacy Department of the University of Vienna. Keywords for this research are AFM, nanoparticles, cancer cell targeting, stem cell differentiation depending on mechanical substrate properties.

Their current "BioScreen Pilot Project" deals with analysis of the rich flora in South East Asia concerning its biomimetic inspirational potential for technological applications. Central aspect of this research is installing cooperations between institutions in the European Union with local institutions in South East Asia. Increasing awareness about the technological innovation potential of the rainforest and its abundance of species might cause a paradigm shift in the way locals view the pristine forests. BioScreen is a pilot project with the installation of collaborations between key institutions serving as base for further projects as major task.

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