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Biomimicry for Materials, Design and Habitats. Innovations and Applications

  • Book

  • 550 Pages
  • February 2022
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5230564

Biomimicry for Materials, Design and Habitats: Innovations and Applications and 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 design, 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 educators, designers, researchers, engineers, and materials scientists, taking them from the theory behind biomimicry to real world applications.

Living systems have evolved innovative solutions to challenges that humans face on a daily basis. Nonlinear multifunctional systems that have a symbiotic relationship with their environment are the domain of nature. Morphological solutions for buildings inspired by nature can be used for skins, surfaces, and structures to facilitate environmental adaptation of buildings to increase occupant comfort and reduce energy demands. Birds can teach us to produce novel structures, 3D printing can be informed by oysters and mussels, and mycelium may show us the way to fabricate new biocomposites in architecture. Therefore, it is in nature that we seek inspiration for the solutions to tomorrow's challenges.

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Table of Contents

A Biomimicry Education and Innovation 1. Biom*: On becoming a teachable discipline 2. Introduction to bioinspired materials: Design, processing and applications 3. The Pattern Alphabet: Nature's Patterns are the Language of Spatial Reasoning and Biomimicry 4. Material Culture, Design Studies, and Human Ecology: A Bio-centered Perspective 5. Inspiration from Paleomimetics: Fossil does not Equal Failure

B Systems Engineering and Computer Applications 6. Biomimicry for bone and hybrid composites and the use of machine learning in hierarchical design 7. Animal Engineering 8. Sample digitization techniques for bio-inspired engineering 9. Assessment of an ant-inspired algorithm for path planning

C Materials, Innovation and Manufacturing 10. Functional synergy of biomimicry and additive manufacturing: Towards a bio-enhanced engineering approach 11. Smart Textiles through Bio-Inspired Innovation 12. Polymerization in Nature Yields Clues to Innovation in Additive Manufacturing 13. Biomimetic self-cleaning surfaces: Synthesis, mechanism and applications 14. Biomimicry Launchpad: Bringing Biomimetic Innovation to Market

D Architecture and Habitation 15. Morphological Differentiation for the Environmental Adaptation of Biomimetic Buildings: Skins, Surfaces, Structures 16. Biomimetic roofing: Moisture dissipation from leaf-shape shingles 17. Design studies and applications of Mycelium biocomposites in architecture 18. Green Harbors Project: Biomimicry in Action


Marjan Eggermont Teaching Professor, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 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. Vikram Shyam Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, OH, USA. Dr. Vikram Shyam is an adjunct professor at the University of Akron in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is also a research aerospace engineer who works as a futurist for NASA. He is the founder of the Virtual Interchange for Nature-Inspired Exploration (V.I.N.E.) at NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center. His interests include artificial intelligence, biomimicry, innovation design and futurology. Dr. Shyam is the recipient of NASA's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Aloysius F. Hepp Chief Technologist, Nanotech Innovations LLC and a Science Advisory Board Member, CoreWater Technologies, Inc., Oberlin, OH, USA.

Aloysius F. Hepp is Chief Technologist at Nanotech Innovations and independent consultant based in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a PhD in Inorganic Photochemistry in 1983 from MIT and retired in December 2016 from the Photovoltaic & Electrochemical Systems Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University from 1992-3. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement medal in 1997. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Albany and Cleveland State University. Dr. Hepp has co-authored nearly 200 publications (including six patents) 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. He has co-edited twelve books on advanced materials processing, energy conversion and electronics, biomimicry and aerospace technologies. He is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing (MSSP) and is currently the chair of the International Advisory Board of MSSP, as well as serving on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Mater. Sci. and Engin. B and Heliyon.