Publications

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2019

D. Labonte, M.-Y. Struecker, A. V. Birn-Jeffery and W. Federle: Shear-sensitive adhesion enablessize-independent adhesive performancein stick insects. Proc. R. Soc. B286: 20191327. Journal Version.

W Federle & D Labonte: Dynamic biological adhesion: mechanisms for controlling attachment during locomotion. . Journal Version.

2018

J G Pattrick, D Labonte & W Federle: Scaling of claw sharpness: mechanical constraints reduce attachment performance in larger insects. : . Journal Version.

2017

L North, D Labonte, ML Oyen, MP Coleman, HB Caliskan & RE Johnston: Interrelated chemical-microstructural-nanomechanical variations in the structural units of the cuttlebone of Sepia officinalis. APL Materials 5 (11): 116103. bioRxiv | Journal Version.

N Graupner, D Labonte & J Müssig: Rhubarb petioles inspire biodegradable cellulose fibre-reinforced PLA composites with increased impact strengths. Compos Part A Appl Sci Manuf. 98: 218–22. Journal Version.

N Graupner, D Labonte, H Humburg, T Buzkan, A Dörgens, W Kelterer & J Müssig: Functional gradients in the pericarp of the green coconut inspire asymmetric fibre-composites with improved impact strength, and preserved flexural and tensile properties. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 12 (2): 026009. Journal Version.

D Labonte, AK Lenz & ML Oyen: On the relationship between indentation hardness and modulus, and the damage resistance of biological materials. Acta Biomat. 57: 373-383. bioRxiv | Journal Version.

2016

D Labonte, CJ Clemente, A Dittrich, CY Kuo, AJ Crosby, DJ Irschick & W Federle: Extreme positive allometry of animal adhesive pads and the size limits of adhesion-based climbing. PNAS 113 (5): 1297-1302. bioRxiv| Journal version.

D Labonte & W Federle: Biomechanics of shear-sensitive adhesion in climbing animals: peeling, pre-tension and sliding-induced changes in interface strengthJ R Soc Int 13 (122):20160373. bioRxiv | Journal version.

2015

A Hackmann, H Delacave, A Robinson, D Labonte & W Federle: Functional morphology and efficiency of the antenna cleaner in Camponotus rufifemur ants. Royal Soc. Open Sci 2 (7): 150129. Journal version.

D Labonte & W Federle: Scaling and biomechanics of surface attachment in climbing animals. Phil Trans R Soc B 370 (1661): 20140027. Journal Version.

S Akerboom, J Appel, D Labonte, W Federle, J Sprakel & M Kamperman: Enhanced adhesion of bioinspired nanopatterned elastomers via colloidal surface assembly.J R Soc Int 12 (102): 20141061. Journal Version.

D Labonte & W Federle: Rate-dependence of ‘wet’ biological adhesives and the function of the pad secretion in insects. Soft Matter 11 (44): 8661-8673. Journal Version.

2014

D Labonte, JA Williams & W Federle: Surface contact and design of fibrillar ‘friction pads’ in stick insects (Carausius morosus): mechanisms for large friction coefficients and negligible adhesion. J R Soc Int. 11 (94): 20140034. Journal Version.

JM Fonville, SH Wilks et al.: Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination. Science 346 (6212): 996-1000. Journal Version..

2013

D Labonte & W Federle: Functionally different pads on the same foot allow control of attachment: stick insects have load-sensitive “heel” pads for friction and shear-sensitive “toe” pads for adhesion. PLoS One 8 (12): e81943. Journal Version.

Posters

Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Conference | January 2020

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Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Conference | January 2020

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Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Conference | January 2020

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Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Conference | January 2020

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Presented at the Science of Adhesion Gordon Research Conference | July 2019

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Presented at the Science of Adhesion Gordon Research Conference | July 2019

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Presented at the Society of Experimental Biology Annual Meeting | July 2018

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Presented at the Society of Experimental Biology Annual Meeting | July 2017

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Presented at the Society of Experimental Biology Annual Meeting | July 2017

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Presented at the Gordon Science of Adhesion Research Conference | July 2017

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Presented at the Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposium on Biological and Bioinspired Adhesion | September 2016

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Presented at the 2nd Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesion | May 2014

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Presented at the Scientific Meeting of the COST Action on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives | April 2013

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Presented at the Society of Experimental Biology Annual Meeting | July 2012

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Outreach & Media Coverage
Fabi’s submission for the IC PhD Showcase – Teaching my Computer how to study Leafcutter ants | July 2020
Sorry Stephen… Science has ruined spider-man. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert | January 2016

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Sorry Stephen… Science has ruined spider-man. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert | January 2016