Book details

240 Pages
Publication date: October 2016
Imprint: ecoWing
Ille C. Gebeshuber

Where the Machines Grow

Bionics is a branch of science that looks to nature for ideas that can be used to develop materials, structures and processes. Years spent in the Malaysian rain forest gave physicist Ille C. Gebeshuber the inspiration for totally groundbreaking technical applications that benefit society and the environment.

Plants can be used to operate mines. Scientists have come up with dirt repellent surfaces based on cabbage white butterflies, while glass-producing algae and bacteria that create magnets could hold the key to environmentally friendly alternatives for mobile phones and computers.

These are just a few of the discoveries that have been made in recent years. The author explores the latest research findings from this intriguing field, describing her fascination with the colourful world of the jungle and the possibilities for adopting natural principles in research. In her search for solutions to the big problems of tomorrow she employs a wide variety of approaches and research methods which are always designed to ensure the various disciplines involved benefit from each other.


Ille C. Gebeshuber

Ille C. Gebeshuber is one of the world’s most sought-after bionics and nanotechnology experts. Born in the Austrian province of Styria, she studied physics and has a post-doctoral qualification in experimental physics.
After spending several years as the strategic research director at the Austrian Center of Competence for Tribology in Wiener Neustadt, she taught at the National University of Malaysia from 2009 to 2015, where she found inspiration for technical applications in the jungle.
In 2016 she returned to Austria to continue her research at the Vienna University of Technology.