Humboldt squid beak biomimetics
Miserez, Ali Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California.
Waite, J. Herbert Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California.
- Squid beaks and biomimetics
- Current research and development
- Inspiration for novel materials
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Living organisms make robust materials such as silk, shell, bone, and wood out of abundant yet intrinsically weak building components. These materials are adapted to perform multiple functions in vivo, exhibit unique combinations of properties, and are processed using efficient biosynthetic pathways under mild ambient conditions. The perception of biological materials as sources of “bio-inspiration” for novel, multifunctional materials has grown significantly in popularity. Limited resources and the need for more recyclable materials have added momentum to this perception. Manufacturing materials with minimal environmental impact is also becoming increasingly urgent. “Biomimetics” is roughly defined as abstracting useful design from living organisms. The first step in biomimetics research necessarily explores the fundamental relationships between material structures and their properties, which are investigated at multiple length scales, from macroscopic to the molecular. The ultimate goal is to transfer abstracted design concepts to the next generation of materials and materials fabrication (Fig. 1).
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