Engineered Biomimicry

Edited by

  • Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
  • Raul Jose Martin-Palma, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Engineered Biomimicry covers a broad range of research topics in the emerging discipline of biomimicry. Biologically inspired science and technology, using the principles of math and physics, has led to the development of products as ubiquitous as Velcro™ (modeled after the spiny hooks on plant seeds and fruits). Readers will learn to take ideas and concepts like this from nature, implement them in research, and understand and explain diverse phenomena and their related functions. From bioinspired computing and medical products to biomimetic applications like artificial muscles, MEMS, textiles and vision sensors, Engineered Biomimicry explores a wide range of technologies informed by living natural systems.

Engineered Biomimicry helps physicists, engineers and material scientists seek solutions in nature to the most pressing technical problems of our times, while providing a solid understanding of the important role of biophysics. Some physical applications include adhesion superhydrophobicity and self-cleaning,  structural coloration, photonic devices, biomaterials and composite materials, sensor systems, robotics and locomotion, and ultra-lightweight structures.

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Applied physicists, biophysicists, engineers, bioengineers, material scientists


Book information

  • Published: June 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415995-2


"Chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineers explain the basic process of mimicking biological systems to achieve certain goals, and illustrate them with some recent examples. Among their topics are noise exploitation and adaptation in neuromorphic sensors, biomimetic robotics, surface modification for bio-compatibility, biomimetic anti-reflection surfaces…"--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Biomimetic Vision Seniors

Chapter 2: Noise Exploitation and Adaptation in Neuromorphic Sensors

Chapter 3: Biomimetic Hard Materials

Chapter 4: Biomimetic Robots

Chapter 5: Bioinspired and Biomimetic Microflyers

Chapter 6: Muscular Biopolymers

Chapter 7: Bioscaffolds: Fabrication and Performance

Chapter 8: Surface Modification for Biocompatibility

Chapter 9: Flight Control Using Biomimetic Optical Sensors

Chapter 10: Biomimetic Textiles

Chapter 11: Structural Colors

Chapter 12: Biomimetic Antireflection Surfaces

Chapter 13: Biomimetic Self-Organization and Self-Healing

Chapter 14: Solution-Based Techniques for Biomimetic and Bioreplication

Chapter 15: Vapor-Deposition Techniques

Chapter 16: Atomic Layer Deposition for Biomimicry

Chapter 17: Evolutionary Computation and Genetic Programming