Jan Berger Jan Berger

I'm Jan and I'm exploring this world since 1986. I work as an laboratory technician for surface analytics in the wonderful city of Villach/Austria. Before that I studied Bionik/Biomimetics in Energy Systems (MSc) and I have a degree as a Bachelor of Engineering for Renewable Energy Engineering. My favorite topics are membranes (biological and mechanical ones) and trees. Besides my job I administrate this blog and other homepages. Besides I do a bunch of other geeky stuff including lecturing biomimetics.

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The Current State of Biomimetics in Austria

Dear readers, I have an important, more personal topic this week: The actual status of Biomimetics/Biomimicry in Austria. As most of you know, we – the writers of Blogionik, all studied at CUAS Villach. In the last weeks I got some mails, calls and discussions concerning the current state of the course itself. Some of...
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Theme Session: Salt (and the History of Shakers)

Dear readers, It is time for me, again, to give you an introduction to one of our theme session. In the following weeks, you can read articles about salt. To take a look at our previous theme session just click here. The basic Definition of Salts When we talk about salt, we usually think of...
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International Project Week 2017

Dear readers, After some eventful weeks, I am back with a short but new article. So, what happened? I am planning to found my own company and had some interviews and presentations during my application for a specific funding. Besides that, in the week from 15. to 19. May, I participated again in the “International...
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POV: Energy Storage in a Biomimicry/Biomimetic Environment

I was thinking  to write an article including a specific technology about the possibilities of energy storage for wind and solar power. These two are the most commonly used renewable energy sources and I was mind-bending to find a solution of storing wind and solar power in a Biomimetic way. Then I thought that this...
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What are natural synthetic fibers?

In my last article about surfaces, I gave you an overview about natural fibers, why some of them can be itchy and how they are structured. I chose the position of “pro natural fibers” to explain you, why they are my favorites for most of my clothes. In this article, I hold the opinion “pro...
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Why is it itchy? A second skin, wool and other fabrics

Do you remember that wool pullover from your grandma? Yeah, the heavy one with much more than 2 colors or  a very tasteful motive on. It is that one that you only wear once a year when your grandma is there. The itchy one. When you think about this pullover your skin turns red. Several...
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Ice, desert, beetle and their connection

Hello to this week’s frosty article. My motivation for this article is to show you the paradox which can appear when you try to solve a specific problem via biomimetics or biomimicry. Sometimes you can draw parallels between properties of already found solutions to other circumstances. These parallels first appear to not have any connection...
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ICE: 2nd Theme Session

Dear Blogionik readers, The first theme session is done! It is time for another one. In the next month you will get the chance to read and maybe to write articles about the new theme: ICE During a theme session, you have the possibility to participate on our blog. Maybe you write/wrote a bachelor/master thesis...
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Light – The Journeyman

Hello everyone, Last week we started with a new concept to write and publish our articles. This editorial hopefully gave you an idea of what we will try to establish on our blog and how we will try to integrate guests for specific topics. So before I start my run on the topic “Light” I...
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Blogionik in Numbers – an Admin’s View

Hello together, in this anniversary article I will talk about numbers and statistics. Sounds boring? Just keep reading more, because you will learn about our most successful articles, how SEO, LinkedIn and Facebook help to advertise our articles and so on. The beginning At the beginning, there was an idea. We started to discuss about...
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How to use: Gecko Feet and its Applications

Hello again. Today I will write about a well known topic: the Gecko. But don’t be afraid, this won’t be the 10.000s article about how the gecko can climb up on smooth surfaces. This time I will give you an idea, how you could use this phenomenon during your daily or maybe professional life. This article will...
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International Project Week 2016: Part II

Last week I presented you the International Project Week 2016 (IPW 2016) of the UAS Nordhausen and gave you a general overview about it. This week I will finish with the content of the 3 last days. Furthermore, you’ll read more about the decision making and the tools I used as a lecturer. This includes...
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International Project Week 2016, Nordhausen/Germany

The International Project Week in 2016 (IPW 2016) was the 18th of its kind at the University of Applied Science Nordhausen (UAS Ndh). But, it was the first time for me to participate. Actually, I had had the chance to do so before, just some years ago when I still studied there. My subject of...
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Artificial Skin Today!

In my last articles I set the focus on the field of sensors in Biomimetics. Today I’d like to write about skin and its technological future. The skin is the main instance for a lot of creatures to create a border between them and their environment. However, a skin is not just about the definition of their own...
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Biomimetic Sensors – An Overview

Biomimetics. I guess most people who hear that word will think of the lotus effect or bioinspired shapes and forms such as Velcro or gecko’s feet . Maybe someone is thinking about some kind of natural inspired optimization e.g. honeycomb structures. In my experience nobody thinks about sensor, which is one of the biggest field...
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Structures, Colors … Sensors?

Usually when we talk about colors, we talk about pigments, which are giving objects their appearance. But there are other ways to generate colorful images. In nature we can find multiple examples for structure related colors, most commonly known are the butterflies and peacocks. This week I try to give an answer to the question:...
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A Floating Turbine – Article Series Part III: Concept and Design

Today I’d like to introduce my first Biomimetic project to you. It is about a floating turbine, which could be used to generate electrical energy while swimming in a river or other streams. I’ll follow my own pathway that I used several years ago, with the exception that some sources are now available for everyone....
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A Floating Turbine – Article Series Part II: Aerodynamics of Penguins

Today I’d like to introduce my first Biomimetic project to you. It is about a floating turbine, which could be used to generate electrical energy while swimming in a river or other streams. I’ll follow my own pathway that I used several years ago, with the exception that some sources are now available for everyone....
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Bionisphere: the Biomimetic House

The Master program “Bionik/Biomimetics in Energy Systems” at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (FH Kärnten) and “bionikum.austria” have recently started a new project – »Bionisphere: the Biomimetic House«. The founding father of that idea is D. ID. Mag.art. Peter Piccottini, director of the mentioned study program.   It sounds like a futuristic project – but it’s...
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A Floating Turbine – Article Series Part I: The Flight of Albatross – Paper Overview

Today I’d like to introduce my first Biomimetic project to you. It is about a floating turbine, which could be used to generate electrical energy while swimming in a river or other streams. I’ll follow my own pathway that I used several years ago, with the exception that some sources are now available for everyone....
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Inspiration; or the dedication for new ideas

My first day into Biomimetics. It was a lecture about the Biomimetic basics including many examples, history and a lot recommended books. I sat there and tried to understand the examples out of architecture and engineering. “Uhm” runs through my head and I was fascinated by the amount of information that comes down like a summer rain. Our...
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How I learned to stop worrying and

love… what I’m doing here. (sorry, at no time we planned to use or create bombs) Honestly! It was such a short way. Around 3 years ago I was finishing my thesis for the bachelor course renewable energy techniques. I wrote about the energy potential of water in the area around Villach/Austria. During my research...
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A new site about biomimetics

Hi and welcome to my first article and, of course, to the blog itself. I was thinking a lot of my first try to write something down, but in the end I just started and watched what I have done. Maybe… the most important part in an article like is the aim or goal of...
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