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Contributed by Daniel Daniel


To put it simply, biomimetics is the study of design principles in biological systems with the view of integrating them in engineering systems and modern technology. In some sense, biomimetics can be viewed as a process of reverse-engineering of biological systems. This is often a fruitful exercise, because evolutionary pressures often forces living organisms to be highly optimized and efficient. There are many early examples of biomimetics, such as the invention of velcro, which was inspired by tiny hooks found on the surface of burs.

Biomimetics1.jpg Figure 1. Tiny hooks found on the surface of burs.

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A kinetic model of the transformation of a micropatterned amorphous precursor into a porous single crystal

Bioinspired self-repairing slippery surfaces with pressure-stable omniphobicity

Biomimetic self-assembly of helical electrical circuits using orthogonal capillary interactions

Biomimetic Morphogenesis of Calcium Carbonate in Mixed Solutions of Surfactants and Double-Hydrophilic Block Copolymers

Pitcher plant inspired non-stick surface