Special Issue "Symmetry in Nature-Inspired, Bio-Based Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 2808
Interests: bio-based polymers; heritage conservation; microscopy; adaptable materials; polymeric materials; biomaterials; material characterization
From spider webs to nautilus shells, and snowflakes to honeycombs, patterns and symmetry in natural systems have provided them with exquisite functionality far beyond what can currently be achieved by most synthetic materials. These structure-function relationships, controlled by precisely defined geometries, give Nature the power to design materials that respond to and counteract stresses within complex environments and maintain structural stability, among other interesting properties.
For decades researchers have attempted to replicate many of the structured, adaptable materials found in the natural world, e.g., bone, wood, muscle, nacre. This was primarily accomplished using synthetically derived polymers, whose materials properties are better understood making manipulation of these systems more achievable. However, with increasing focus on the development of sustainable materials and processes, attention is rapidly shifting towards bio-based polymers. A major issue with the use of bio-based polymers to replicate these natural systems is a lack of understanding of their intrinsic intermolecular interactions that drive their macroscale behaviour and determine their response to various environmental stimuli. Overcoming this impediment is a major step in the widespread employment of bio-based polymers to create truly sustainable adaptable materials, with control of the material properties across all length scales.
It is, therefore, my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this special issue, “Symmetry in Nature-Inspired, Bio-Based Materials”. Full research articles, short communications and comprehensive reviews covering the design of adaptable materials inspired by natural systems with a particular focus on the study of structure and symmetry, as well as intrinsic intra/intermolecular interactions and the impact of environmental stresses in these systems, and how this contributes to the materials properties. Moreover, work focussing on the use of bio-based materials to achieve these functional systems is especially welcomed.
Dr. Zarah Walsh-Korb
Manuscript Submission Information
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- bio-based polymers
- adaptable materials
- smart materials
- molecular interactions
- environmental stress