Engineered Biomimicry

1st Edition

Editors: Akhlesh Lakhtakia Raúl José Martín-Palma
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124159952
eBook ISBN: 9780123914323
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 5th June 2013
Page Count: 496
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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.

Key Features

  • Explores biomimicry, a fast-growing, cross-disciplinary field in which researchers study biological activities in nature to make critical advancements in science and engineering
  • Introduces bioinspiration, biomimetics, and bioreplication, and provides biological background and practical applications for each
  • Cutting-edge topics include bio-inspired robotics, microflyers, surface modification and more


Applied physicists, biophysicists, engineers, bioengineers, material scientists

Table of Contents




Biology inspires - Diversity matters


The World’s Top Olympians

1 Introduction

2 Sprints, middle-distance, and long-distance events

3 High-altitude training

4 Long jump and high jump

5 Swimming and diving

6 Pumping iron

7 Concluding remarks


Chapter 1. Biomimetic Vision Sensors

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Imaging, vision sensors, and eyes

1.3 Biomimetic approaches to vision sensors

1.4 Case Study: Musca domestica vision sensor

1.5 Biomimetic vision sensor developments

1.6 Concluding remarks


Chapter 2. Noise Exploitation and Adaptation in Neuromorphic Sensors

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Organization of neurobiological sensory systems

2.3 Noise exploitation in neurobiology

2.4 Learning and adaptation

2.5 Case study: Neuromorphic acoustic source localizer

2.6 ΣΔ Learning framework

2.7 Conclusions


Chapter 3. Biomimetic Hard Materials

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Design guidelines for biomimetic hard materials

3.3 Biomimetic hard materials at the macroscale

3.4 Biomimetic hard materials at the micro- and nanoscales

3.5 Conclusion and outlook


Chapter 4. Biomimetic Robotics

4.1 Introduction to biomimicry

4.2 Technologies facilitating biomimetic robotics

4.3 Engineering applications

4.4 Prognosis for the future


Chapter 5. Bioinspired and Biomimetic Microflyers

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Design space for microflyers

5.3 Physical challenges at small scales

5.4 Unsteady aerodynamics in animal flight

5.5 Airframes

5.6 Modeling

5.7 Sensors

5.8 Future challenges



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About the Editor

Akhlesh Lakhtakia

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Raúl José Martín-Palma

Raúl José Martín-Palma is Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain. His research interests include work in nanostructures and nanotechnology, optics and photonics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain


"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