Most biological (natural) materials are composites with complex structures and remarkable properties, which have risen from hundreds of millions years of evolution. The distinguishing characteristics, such as self-assembly, structural hierarchy, multi-functionality, and environmental adaptability, have continued to inspire scientists and engineers in the design of novel materials with superior properties.
Bio-mimetic material is a new and growing field in materials research and has attracted increasing attention in recent years. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers from biology, chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering fields to present and discuss the latest studies and achievement in this area.
Symposium Topics will include but not limited to:
• Analysis of structures and properties of biological (natural) materials
• Experimental design, synthesis and properties of biomimetic composites
• Bio-inspired functional materials (e.g., wetting, adhesion, friction, optical and mechanical properties)
• Biosurface and biointerfaces
• Molecular-based bio-mimetics and self assembly of nano-structures
• Multi-scale modeling and simulation of biological and bio-mimetic materials
• Energy-related bio-mimetics
• Bio-inspired green and renewable materials
Abstracts should be submitted electronically through website of 2011 IUMRS-ICA 2011, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers.