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Incorporating nanomaterials in living systems could force the latter to produce “bionicomposites”. We report a review of the first attempts with such bionicomposites, e.g. showing how the control of the eating and dormant states of microorganisms can provide nano-architectures with novel mechanical and functional properties, and how introducing nanomaterials in the diets of animals producing silks (spiders or silkworms) leads to intrinsically reinforced fibers with strengths higher than those of their natural counterparts, as well as those of synthetic polymer fibers or carbon fiber-reinforced polymeric composites.

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The article was received on 23 Oct 2018, accepted on 14 Jan 2019 and first published on 15 Jan 2019

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR08569B
Nanoscale, 2019,11, 3102-3111

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    N. M. Pugno and L. Valentini, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 3102
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR08569B

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