After hearing his talk about SLIPS (Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces), I had a quick chat with Dr. Philseok Kim from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Materials about his work and the MRS Spring Meeting.
Me: Why are you interested in bioinspired materials?
Kim: We live in nature, which is full of biological systems. Although most of these systems are very complex, some biological systems are governed by simple principles that can be used to create synthetic materials for the same purpose.
Me: How do you go about looking for biological systems to emulate?
Kim: The work for the SLIPS was based on an observation by another researcher about the pitcher plant that was originally published in Nature. However, I am fortunate enough to work in an environment (Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering) that facilitates a lot of discussion and collaboration. For instance, I know a zoologist that lets me in on interesting facts and every now and then we will stumble upon some random ideas.
Me: Where are you spending most of you time at MRS?
Kim: Mostly Symposium T. I am also interested in bioinspired building materials, such as windows that can redirect light, but a two of the talks I planned on going to have been cancelled or withdrawn, so that was disappointing.
Me: Favorite Presentation?
Kim: Like I said, a few of the talks I wanted to attend have been cancelled, but of the talks I have been to I really enjoyed Tao Deng's talk on thermal energy conversion and conduction.
Me: Yeah I really enjoyed that one too. Thanks for you time!