Head

Dr. Christian Hamm, Dip. Biol.
+49 471 4831 1832

Member of the team

Simone Andresen, M.Sc.
+49 471 4831 2827

Selina Linnemann, B.Sc.

Paula Roloff-Dieck, M.Sc.
+49 471 4831 2336

Leonard Balz, B.Sc.
+49 471 4831 2315

Ute Marx, TA
+49 471 4831 2185

Oleksander Savysko, M.Sc.
+49 471 4831 2711

Firas Breish, M.Sc.
+49 471 4831 2205

Nils Kaiser, M.Sc.
+49 471 4831 2091

Nils Niebuhr, M. Sc.
+49 471 4831 2818

Sonja Wiegmann, TA
+49 471 4831 2185

Sandra Coordes, Team assistant
+49 471 4831 2336

Students, Interns, Guest researchers

At the moment

Landry Nennig, Ecole Nationale d‘Ingenieurs de Metz France, Master thesis

Looking closely at diatoms brings up a large range of ideas and perspectives to improve our existing products and structures. One can notice that the repartition of the matter is done in such a way that no place is given for extra weight. Besides having a terrific frustule design, the single cell algae are also well known for their outstanding mechanical properties.
Through the master thesis project, I will perform topology optimizations in order to give a transtibial prosthesis the best structure possible. Indeed, the amputees have high expectations from their engineered limb regarding weight and compliance. Then, the prosthesis appears to be a great case study to use our diatoms inspiration on. Moreover, the perspective of realizing a final product composed of intricated design is nowadays made possible by additive manufacturing processes.
All in all, transtibial prosthesis will be given a brand new and innovative bioinspired structure that shall be lighter and perform better than the ones on the current market.

Quentin Amsellem, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Masterthesis

On the one hand, we have composite materials or more precisely long carbon fibre reinforced polymers. With impressive mechanical performances in relation to their mass they are known to be used in the high technology industry: sport, aviation, aerospace, sport cars, design. On the other hand, we have the Nature and its wonderful structures optimised by years of natural selection. Trees, plants, animal skeletons, marine micro-organisms and so many others offer us an inexhaustible source of ideas.
What would be the results if we combined the two: bio-inspired structures + fibre-reinforced materials?
This is exactly the question I asked myself during my master thesis. Taking a tibial prosthesis as a case study, I try to understand the relationship between a complex bio-inspired geometry and the local definition of an anisotropic material and whether the combination of the two improves the overall performance of the prosthesis.

2021

Adrien Simon, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Masterthesis

Nature provides us with infinite sources of inspiration and any living organism could be the subject of an in-depth study. The focus here is on identifying and understanding structural design principles used by nature to do good design.
Diatoms themselves are an extraordinary source of inspiration for structural enthusiasts and this project focuses on the diatom genus Rhizosolenia. This diatom’s silica shell—or frustule—is a slender tube made of uniquely shaped “modules” called copulae. This diatom effectively solves the problem of building a modular—yet stable—tube, and could thus help us in designing similar objects.
The purpose of this study is to understand the performance criteria that led to these unique copula shapes. Having successfully designed a simplified 3D model of a Rhizosolenia frustule using Grasshopper, finite element analyses and optimisations are now underway in an attempt to understand the functional morphology of these copulae

2020

  • Ignacio Laraudogoitia, University of Basque Country, PhD student
  • Marieke van Maanen, Utrecht University, Internship
  • Oleksandr Savysko, Otto von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Master thesis
  • Selina Linnemann, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Project work

2019

  • Patrick Hansel, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Laura Lottes, University of Bremen, Master thesis
  • Selina Linnemann, Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Internship
  • Joana Lucie Schulte, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis

Previously

  • Justin Chaillot, Ilmenau University of Technology , Master thesis
  • Theresa Eggler, Internship
  • David Seseke, Brandenburg University of Technology, Master thesis
  • Lea Syring, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Master thesis
  • Simone Andresen, University of Bremen, Master thesis
  • Julius Krause, Internship
  • Leonard Balz, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Peter Strauß, Aalen University of Applied Science, Master thesis
  • Jasper Schliekmann, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Lars Nagel, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Christian Volkmann, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Master thesis
  • Robert Naguschewski, University of Bremen, Master thesis
  • Simone Andresen, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • David Leidenfrost, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Master thesis
  • Jule Anne Frey, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Christian, Kehm, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Jan Liskien, KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Master thesis
  • Dr. Moritz Maier, University of Bremen, Dissertation
  • Dr. Lars Friedrichs, University of Bremen, Dissertation
  • Etienne Jérôme Babnik, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • David Seseke, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Paul Juan Antonio Sommer, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Malte Wiedmann, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Master thesis
  • Anna-Luise Metze, DTU - Denmarks Technical University, Bachelor thesis
  • Isabell Ciomber, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Tim Dunker, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Jannes Jakob Hangen, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Patrick Haufe, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Master thesis
  • Simon Szameitat, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Bachelor thesis
  • Maike Wullenweber, University of Hamburg, Bachelor thesis
  • Robert Naguschewski, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Daniel Siegel, Steinbeis University, Master thesis
  • Patrick Haufe, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Saskia Heinzel, University of Applied Sciences Potsdame, Diploma
  • Christoph Schmitz, RFH – University of Applied Science Cologne, Bachelor thesis
  • Daniel Siegel, Steinbeis Center of Management and Technology, Project work
  • Frauke Broer, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Sirag Al-Chaer, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Diploma
  • Anna Bertram, University of Bremen, Bachelor thesis
  • Mario Hörnig, University of Bremen, Diploma
  • Daniel Siegel, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Nils Niebuhr, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design, Master thesis
  • Leona Schulze, University of Bremen, Bachelor thesis
  • Merlin, Schäfer, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor thesis
  • Cuma Kara, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Diploma
  • Roman Mielke, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design, Bachelor thesis
  • Jessica von einem, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Diploma
  • Ulf Lüdemann, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Diploma