Kármán-Fellow Prof. Dr Kornev, Clemson University, USA, at the ITA, Germany


Aachen, Germany, 28 June 2017                      Prof. Dr Konstantin Kornev, Clemson University, USA, gave a lecture about biologically inspired fibre-based nanofluidics at the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH-Aachen University. In a very vivid speech he showed how one can understand the role of surface morphology and chemistry of these complex-shaped multifunctional fibres through Butterfly proboscis, a flexible fibre serving as a feeding device for almost 160,000 species of butterflies and moths.

  ITA Speech of Prof. Dr Konstantin Kornev (Clemson University)

Using X-ray phase contrast imaging, high speed optical imaging and magnetic probes he could prove the discovery of complex mechanisms of fluid/proboscis interactions. Expending the basic principles of proboscis functioning, he demonstrated how to design and produce flexible fibre-based probes for analysis of minute amounts of fluids. Yarns made of nanofibres with double porosity have an extraordinary ability to probe, deliver, and sense different fluids. Some bioengineering applications of fibre-based probes were shown.

  Awarding of Theodore-von-Kármán-Fellowship ITA Awarding of Theodore-von-Kármán-Fellowship, f.l.t.r.: Dr Yves-Simon Gloy (ITA), Prof. Dr Thomas Gries (ITA), Prof. Dr Konstantin Kornev (Clemson University), Prof. Dr A. Reusken (IGPM), Vadim Tenner (ITA)

Prof. Dr Thomas Gries (ITA), Prof. Dr A. Reusken (IGPM, Institut für Geometrie und praktische Mathematik) und Dr Yves-Simon Gloy (ITA) thanked Prof. Dr Kornev cordially for his extraordinary speech: „We are looking forward to the successful continuation of our long-time research partnership.”

Biography of K. Kornev:

Konstantin Kornev graduated from Kazan State University in Russia in 1988, and worked at the Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences (1990–2000), and the Textile Research Institute in Princeton, NJ (2000–2006). Since 2006, he has been a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering where he leads the Micro and Nanofluidics Systems Research Group in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Clemson University, SC, USA. His group is actively working on fibre-based nanofluidics. Dr Kornev's research interests include wetting and capillary phenomena, magnetic materials, biomechanics of insect feeding, nanofibre formation, and printing on fibrous materials. In 2015, Dr Kornev was elected the President of the Fiber Society; he has been recognized by the Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence and by the Clemson University Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievements in Sciences.

Prof. Dr Konstantin Kornev is Theodore-von-Kármán-Fellow of RWTH Aachen University. The Theodore-von-Kármán-Fellowship is promoted by the Exploratory Research Space of RWTH Aachen University.