Biomimicry for Materials, Design and Habitats

Biomimicry for Materials, Design and Habitats

Innovations and Applications

1st Edition - January 1, 2022
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  • Editors: Marjan Eggermont, Vikram Shyam, Aloysius Hepp
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210536

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Biomimicry for Materials, Design and Habitats: Innovations and Applications is a survey of the recent work of recognized experts in a variety of fields who employ biomimicry and related paradigms to solve key problems of interest within science, technology, and society. Topics covered include innovations from biomimicry in materials, product design, architecture, and biological sciences. The book is a useful resource for researchers, engineers, and materials scientists, taking them from the theory behind biomimicry to real world applications. Nonlinear multifunctional systems that have a symbiotic relationship with their environment are the domain of nature. Living systems have evolved innovative solutions to challenges that humans face on a daily basis. Mosquitos can teach us to make hypodermic needles, jet engines can learn from harbor seal whiskers, and cacti may show us how to extract water from Mars. Therefore, it is in nature that we seek inspiration for the solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.

Key Features

  • Presents new directions and the various applications of biomimicry within industry
  • Discusses the role of biomimicry in innovation and product design
  • Covers applications in systems engineering and design, novel materials and structures design, and architecture and life in hostile environments
  • Includes perspectives on sustainability and the incorporation of biomimicry into that realm


Materials Scientists and Engineers in R&D and academia

Table of Contents

  • A Biomimicry Education and Innovation
    1. Biom*: On becoming a teachable discipline
    Shoshanah Jacobs and Kristina Wanieck
    2. Introduction to bioinspired materials: Design, processing and applications
    Seyed M. Allameh
    3. The Pattern Alphabet: Nature’s Patterns are the Language of Spatial Reasoning and Biomimicry
    Vijal Parikh, Alex Wolf and Isabella De Lisi
    4. Material Culture, Design Studies, and Human Ecology: A Bio-centered Perspective
    Carlos Fiorentino and Megan Strickfaden
    5. Inspiration from Paleomimetics: Fossil does not Equal Failure
    Stephen Howe

    B Systems Engineering and Computer Applications
    6. Biomimicry for bone and hybrid composites and the use of machine learning in hierarchical design
    Markus Buehler
    7. Animal Engineering
    Hunter King
    8. Sample digitization techniques for bio-inspired engineering
    Christin T. Murphy
    9. Assessment of an ant-inspired algorithm for path planning
    Amir H. Gandomi

    C Materials, Innovation and Manufacturing
    10. Functional synergy of biomimicry and additive manufacturing: Towards a bio-enhanced engineering approach
    Anton Du Plessis and Chris Broeckhoven
    11. Smart Textiles through Bio-Inspired Innovation
    Tushar Ghosh, Kony Chatterjee and Shuzhen Wei
    12. Polymerization in Nature Yields Clues to Innovation in Additive Manufacturing
    Thomas A. McKeag
    13. Biomimetic self-cleaning surfaces: Synthesis, mechanism and applications
    Zhenhai Xia, Quan Xu, Travis Shihao Hu, Xiaowei Wang and Jie Wang
    14. Biomimicry Launchpad: Bringing Biomimetic Innovation to Market
    Jacques Edouard Chirazi

    D Architecture and Habitation
    15. Morphological Differentiation for the Environmental Adaptation of Biomimetic Buildings: Skins, Surfaces, Structures
    Lidia Badarnah and Katia Zolotovsky
    16. Biomimetic roofing: Moisture dissipation from leaf-shape shingles
    Ariana Rupp and Petra Gruber
    17. Design studies and applications of Mycelium biocomposites in architecture
    Didem Akyol Altun
    18. Green Harbors Project: Biomimicry in Action
    Anamarija Frankic

Product details

  • No. of pages: 550
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: January 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210536
  • About the Editors

    Marjan Eggermont

    Dr. Marjan Eggermont is a Teaching Professor and faculty member at the University of Calgary in the Mechanical and Manufacturing department of the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. She is also the Academic Director for Sustainable Engineering. Dr. Eggermont teaches in the areas of graphics, engineering design, visualization, and biomimicry. She co-founded and designs Zygote Quarterly (ZQ), an online journal to provide a platform to showcase the nexus of science and design using case studies, news, and articles. In 2005, she was one of the recipients of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Curriculum Innovation Award. She is a former board member of the American Society of Engineering Education.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Teaching Professor, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Vikram Shyam

    Vikram Shyam is the leader of NASA’s nature-inspired design and jet engine turbine development team. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is the founder of the Virtual Intelligence for Nature-Inspired Exploration (V.I.N.E.) at the NASA Glenn Research Center. His research and research interests include artificial intelligence, energy harvesting, and STEM education. He was recently featured on the television series Xploration Nature Knows Best discussing his work with NASA. Shyam is the recipient of such awards as NASA’s Early Career Achievement Medal, NASA Group Achievement Award, and the ASEI Young Engineer Award.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Leader, NASA’s Nature-Inspired Design and Jet Engine Turbine Development Team and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, OH, USA

    Aloysius Hepp

    Aloysius F. Hepp earned a PhD in Inorganic Photochemistry in 1983 from MIT. He retired in December 2016 from the Photovoltaic & Electrochemical Systems Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center and presently serves as an Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy for the University of Tulsa. Dr. Hepp has co-authored more than 150 publications including those focused on processing of thin film and nanomaterials for I-III-VI solar cells, Li-ion batteries, integrated power devices and flight experiments, and precursors and spray pyrolysis deposition of sulfides and carbon nanotubes and has co-edited six books on advanced materials for energy conversion and/or electronics. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing and is currently the chair of the International Advisory Board of MSSP, as well as serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of MSEB and Heliyon.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Chief Technologist, Nanotech Innovations LLC, Oberlin, OH, USA