Special Issue "Mechanical Properties of Biological Materials: From Structure to Function"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Shahrouz Amini
Guest Editor
Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces; Department of Biomaterials; Potsdam, Germany
Interests: mechanical response of biological materials; design principles of biological structures; surface properties; biomineralization; residual strains in biogenic ceramics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mechanical properties are key to how a material interacts with external forces and environmental factors. Thus, to endure the mechanical stresses imposed by a variety of external stimuli, functional materials require modifications in their mechanical characteristics. Such modifications can be addressed through alterations in chemical composition or changes in physical and geometrical features. In engineering materials, the former has often been the preferred option. In contrast, biological materials broadly address their structural and mechanical requirements through the latest alternative. Hence, biological materials offer a spectrum of mechanical properties from soft and flexible to stiff and brittle or their combination; yet, most rely on a large variety of architectural arrangements with minimum chemical diversity.

Consequently, the inspiration of architectural and design paradigms offered by nature can guide us toward a new series of bioinspired composites, which can eventually satisfy the emerging field of functional and sustainable materials.

In this Special Issue of Materials, we focus on the mechanical properties of biological structures in the context of function and review the current understandings of physical modifications (e.g., multiscale architectural arrangements, heterogeneities, and gradients) in biological structures. This Special Issue covers the following topics:

  • Mechanical response of biological materials;
  • Bioinspired functional materials;
  • Advances in structural and mechanical characterizations;
  • Architecture/property/function interrelations in biological structures.

We cordially invite you to submit your original papers, communications, or review articles to this Special Issue titled "Mechanical Properties of Biological Materials: From Structure to Function".

Dr. Shahrouz Amini
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Biological materials
  • Hierarchical structures
  • Mechanical properties
  • Bioinspired materials
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Biomineralized tissues
  • Damage-resistant structures
  • Location-specific architectural arrangements

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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