Biomimetics and bioinspired surfaces: from nature to theory and applications

Prof. Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira, Universidade Federal do Triangulo Mineiro, Brazil
Dr. Thies Büscher, Kiel University, Germany
Prof. Manuela Rebora, University of Perugia, Italy
Prof. Poramate Manoonpong, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Prof. Zhendong Dai, Nanjing University Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
Prof. Stanislav Gorb, Kiel University, Germany
The surfaces of living organisms are in constant contact with the environment. Therefore, they face and have to adapt to multiple challenges coming from external and internal stimuli. Hence, these surfaces need to be multifunctional and adaptable. These multiple functions have resulted from various evolutionary pressures and involve complex interactions between the surface structures and the environment at the nano-, micro-, and macroscales. In addition, these functions also depend on specific material properties of the surfaces.

In this context, biomimicry emerges as a promising approach offering a rich source of inspiration from nature. Through the observation and analysis of multiscale structures and mechanisms present in biological systems, one can develop innovative and technologically advanced solutions, which can be applied in daily life. Bioinspired nanotechnology plays a key role in this regard, through the exploitation of nanoscale properties and processes to develop highly efficient surfaces and interfaces at different scales.

This thematic issue aims to bring together the most recent advances in the field of biomimetics and bioinspired surfaces. We invite researchers and scientists in the field to submit their work related to this fascinating topic. Original full research, review, or perspective articles that explore concepts inspired by biological systems will be considered for publication in this issue. Topics spanning from theory and fundamental principles to experimental studies demonstrating practical applications and technological advances in the field are welcome.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2024

*Please contact the guest editors directly if you still want to submit your article*
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Insect attachment on waxy plant surfaces: the effect of pad contamination by different waxes

  • Elena V. Gorb and
  • Stanislav N. Gorb

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2024, 15, 385–395, doi:10.3762/bjnano.15.35

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Published 11 Apr 2024

Comparative analysis of the ultrastructure and adhesive secretion pathways of different smooth attachment pads of the stick insect Medauroidea extradentata (Phasmatodea)

  • Julian Thomas,
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  • Thies H. Büscher

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2024, 15, 612–630, doi:10.3762/bjnano.15.52

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Published 29 May 2024

Functional fibrillar interfaces: Biological hair as inspiration across scales

  • Guillermo J. Amador,
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  • Caiying Liao,
  • Jianing Wu and
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Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2024, 15, 664–677, doi:10.3762/bjnano.15.55

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Published 06 Jun 2024
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