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Materials Design Inspired by Nature: Function Through Inner Architecture (RSC Smart Materials) Hardcover – May 15, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1849735537 ISBN-10: 1849735530

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The inner architecture of a material can have an astonishing effect on its overall properties and is vital to understand when designing new materials. Nature is a master at designing hierarchical structures and so researchers are looking at biological examples for inspiration to create new materials. Materials Design Inspired by Nature is the first book to address the relationship between the inner architecture of natural materials and their physical properties for materials design. The book explores examples from plants, the marine world, arthropods and bacteria, where the inner architecture is exploited to obtain specific mechanical, optical or magnetic properties along with how these design principles are used in man-made products. Experimental methods used to investigate hierarchical structures are also covered including X-ray scattering techniques, transmission electron microscopy and Raman microscopy. Written by leading experts in bio-inspired materials research, this is essential reading for anyone developing new materials.

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The inner architecture of a material can have an astonishing effect on its overall properties and is vital to understand when designing new materials. Nature is a master at designing hierarchical structures and so researchers are looking at biological examples for inspiration, specifically to understand how nature arranges the inner architectures for a particular function in order to apply these design principles into man-made materials.

Materials Design Inspired by Nature is the first book to address the relationship between the inner architecture of natural materials and their physical properties for materials design. The book explores examples from plants, the marine world, arthropods and bacteria, where the inner architecture is exploited to obtain specific mechanical, optical or magnetic properties along with how these design principles are used in man-made products. Details of the experimental methods used to investigate hierarchical structures are also given.

Written by leading experts in bio-inspired materials research, this is essential reading for anyone developing new materials.


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Hans-Joerg Schneider is Professor em. at the Saarland University in Saarbruecken/Germany
He has made many contributions in the field of organic chemistry, starting with studies on reaction mechanisms and the use of NMR-spectroscopy.
In the last decades his research concentrated on supramolecular chemistry, in particular on mechanisms of molecular recognition including chemomechanical polymers, on cyclophane and cyclodextrin chemistry, and on synthetic enzyme and receptor analogs. The topics included synthetic allosteric complexes, polyamines, complexes with nucleotides and nucleic acids, with peptides, as well as artificial esterases and nucleases.
Hans-Jörg Schneider has published around 280 scientific papers, authored, co-authored or edited several books, including a textbook on supramolecular chemistry; since 2011 he is also series co-editor of a new RSC series on Smart Materials.

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