Special Issue "Bioinspired and Biomimetic Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016)
Prof. Dr. Frank A. Müller
Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM), Colloids, Surfaces, and Interfaces (CSI), Löbdergraben 32, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Interests: bio-inspired materials; biomaterials; biomineralization; laser materials processing; additive manufacturing; surface modification; nanoparticles
Throughout evolution, biological organisms have developed efficient strategies to solve technical problems by synthesizing appropriate natural materials. These materials often outperform man-made materials of similar composition. Bioinspired materials are synthetic materials of which structure, properties or function mimic those of natural materials. Examples of bioinspired materials are water collecting surfaces inspired by the head-stander beetle, light-harvesting photonic materials that mimic photosynthesis, camera lenses inspired by compound eyes of insects, and hybrid structures that mimic the hierarchical architecture of nacre, antler, or bone. By looking at nature’s strategies to fabricate materials, we could exceedingly benefit from the underlying concepts of self-assembly and biomineralization to design, e.g., smart adaptive surfaces or hierarchically organized functional hybrids for a variety of practical applications.
This Special Issue covers the whole spectrum of bioinspired and biomimetic materials with a particular emphasis placed on the design of smart materials. Based on unlocking nature’s building principles, novel concepts and strategies to engineer bioinspired materials and surfaces will be highlighted. The performance and application of bioinspired devices in the fields of biomaterials, optics, energy and environmental technology will be discussed. In addition, the modeling of structure-property relations and the simulation of bioinspired materials on all length scales will be topics of specific interest.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, short communications, as well as reviews, would be greatly appreciated.
Prof. Dr. Frank A. Müller
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- concepts and strategies to fabricate bioinspired materials
- application and performance of bioinspired devices (e.g., biomaterials, optical materials, sensors, actuators, materials for energy harvesting, conversion, and storage)
- structure and mechanics of biological and bioinspired materials
- processing and application of biomimetic surfaces
- self-assembly, biomineralization, and hierarchical organization
- cellular materials and bioinspired lightweight construction
- smart materials (e.g., adaptive, stimuli-responsive, self-healing)
- biomechanics including movement, locomotion, and fluidics
- modeling of structure-property relations
- simulation of bioinspired materials at all length scales