Special Issue "Biomimetic Materials"
A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)
Biomimetic materials have been of interest for many applications, ranging from structural and biomedical ones, to sensor technology and communications. Materials scientists and engineers have been intrigued by the inherent redundancy, self-healing properties, and stimulus-driven responsiveness of biological systems; these properties arise from their nano-composite, hierarchically-organized structures. The hierarchical organization of porosities in bone, response-driven fouling capability of barnacles, interlocked brick and mortar organization of mineral platelets in nacre, and the tiered hierarchy of the collagen molecule in human bone, are all examples of the unique and exceptional properties of biosystems, which researchers strive to both analyze and mimic. Recent advances in advanced characterization tools, as well as efforts in the multi-scale modeling of response of biological materials’, show great promise towards furthering the development of new materials that mimic the forms and/or functions of biological structures and materials.
This special issue seeks contributions regarding new advances in the structural, molecular, and organizational details of the biological world, as well as research mimicking the structures and/or functions of these biomimetic systems. Advances in novel manufacturing techniques and novel biomimetic materials design would be appropriate; studies involving advances in new characterizations and superior models of property prediction are also welcome.
Dr. Kalpana S. Katti
- biological materials
- nacre, bone, wood, sea urchin spine, antifouling biomimetic coatings
- multiscale modeling