Interview with Programme Committee member: Dr. Bodo Wilts – Adolphe Merkle Institute – University of Fribourg
– Biography; can you please tell us something about yourself and your expertise?
I’m an Ambizione Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation and a Senior Scientist at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, Switzerland. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. I received my Ph.D. in 2013 from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands for work on photonic structures in insects and birds. My research focusses on the optical function, development and design of biological and bio-inspired photonic structures and polymer-templated plasmonic optical metamaterials.
– What can the visitors of the conference expect from your speech or presentation?
I aim to present an overview of the amazing wealth and diversity of optical displays in nature. These displays are not only interesting for biologists, but provide a rich inspiration for physicists, material scientists and chemists. The basis of these colors are different pigments, photonic structures or both. The presentation will disentangle the optical effects of these different mechanisms and present approached to using derived principles for the development of bio-inspired dyes.
– What are you hoping for and what are your expectations of the conference?
I hope that the Biocolours conference provides an enriching get-together of scientists of different fields and interested third-party companies in order to find synergies and define future topics that will be interesting for all.