Dr. Max Mylo

Dr. Max Mylo


Forschungsbereich C

Exzellenzcluster livMatS @ FIT – Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien

Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik - IMTEK, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg, Botanischer Garten der Universität Freiburg

Tel.: +49 761 203 95109 (livMatS) | +49 761 203 2604 (Plant Biomechanics Group)


Abscission and self-repair in biological and artificial materials systems
In the framework of a biomimetic bottom-up approach my research aim is to conduct in-depth morphological, anatomical and biomechanical analyses of suitable role models in order to learn exemplarily from bonding, debonding and self-repair of biological materials systems.
Through interdisciplinary collaborations with project partners, we will be able to carry out modelling and simulations, design and manufacture technical materials systems, and create material ontologies.

Project outcome
In my cumulative dissertation, I investigated damage control in the plant kingdom (Speck, Langer, Mylo, 2021). This includes preventing mechanical damage and dealing with any damage that occurs. As a model organism for damage prevention, we have anatomically/morphologically (Mylo et al., 2021a) and mechanically (Mylo et al., 2022a) characterized the hemiparasitic European mistletoe (Viscum album) and its long-lasting connection to the host tree. For the damage management analyses, we worked with two Opuntia species (Opuntia ficus-indica and Cylindropuntia bigelovii), a subfamily of cacti. These were characterized with regard to their self-repair properties (Mylo et al., 2020) and their ability to shed branches for vegetative reproduction under low mechanical forces (abscission), using morphometric measurements, MRI scans, light microscopical imaging (Mylo et al., 2021b) and tensile testing on insolated tissues and entire plant organs (Mylo et al., 2022b).

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My new Project

The mistletoe-host interface as model for long-term integrity by damage prevention and repair
In meinem aktuellen Projekt abstrahiere ich die gewonnenen Erkenntnisse über die Funktionsmechanismen (überlagerte Gradienten, redundante Verankerungstrukturen etc.) zur Schadensvermeidung der Europäischen Mistel (Viscum album) und ihrer Verbindung zum Wirt durch FE Simulationen, mit dem Ziel diese in Multi-Materialsystemen mit hohem Langlebigkeitspotential zu implementieren.


Dr. Olga Speck

Publikationen in livMatS