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Themed collection Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials

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Editorial

Bioinspired surfaces and materials

Guest editors Romana Schirhagl, Christoph Weder, Jiang Lei, Carsten Werner and Hans Marcus Textor introduce the Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials issue of Chemical Society Reviews.

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Review Article

Recent advances in the biomimicry of structural colours

This review presents the recent progress in mimicking the shiny and iridescent structural colours found in nature.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the biomimicry of structural colours
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Review Article

Simulations of inorganic–bioorganic interfaces to discover new materials: insights, comparisons to experiment, challenges, and opportunities

This review covers biomolecular recognition mechanisms on inorganic surfaces at the 1 to 100 nm scale, predictions of materials performance in comparison to experiment, and computational methods. The discussion focuses on biological and organic interfaces of metals, semimetals, biominerals, oxides, and quantum dots.

Graphical abstract: Simulations of inorganic–bioorganic interfaces to discover new materials: insights, comparisons to experiment, challenges, and opportunities
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Review Article

Additive manufacturing of biologically-inspired materials

Analogous to the layer-by-layer and site-specific deposition of building blocks carried by living organisms during biomineralization (left), additive manufacturing technologies offer a compelling route for the fabrication of bioinspired heterogeneous architectures for next generation composite materials (right).

Graphical abstract: Additive manufacturing of biologically-inspired materials
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Review Article

Bioinspired polymer vesicles and membranes for biological and medical applications

Biological membranes play an essential role in living organisms by providing stable and functional compartments, supporting signalling and selective transport. Combining synthetic polymer membranes with biological molecules promises to be an effective strategy to mimic the functions of cell membranes and apply them in artificial systems.

Graphical abstract: Bioinspired polymer vesicles and membranes for biological and medical applications
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Review Article

A colloidoscope of colloid-based porous materials and their uses

Colloids assemble into a variety of bioinspired structures for applications including optics, wetting, sensing, catalysis, and electrodes.

Graphical abstract: A colloidoscope of colloid-based porous materials and their uses
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Open Access Review Article

The springtail cuticle as a blueprint for omniphobic surfaces

Robust omniphobic surface coatings inspired by the cuticular structure of springtails (Collembola).

Graphical abstract: The springtail cuticle as a blueprint for omniphobic surfaces
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Open Access Review Article

Supramolecular polymer adhesives: advanced materials inspired by nature

This review highlights bio-inspired design approaches that utilize supramolecular polymers to create adhesives with advanced functionality.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular polymer adhesives: advanced materials inspired by nature
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Tutorial Review

Nanofabricated structures and microfluidic devices for bacteria: from techniques to biology

We review the use of nanofabricated structures and microfluidic technologies that spatially separate bacteria for quantitative analyses and that provide topological constraints on their growth and chemical communications.

Graphical abstract: Nanofabricated structures and microfluidic devices for bacteria: from techniques to biology
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Open Access Tutorial Review

The mechanics of tessellations – bioinspired strategies for fracture resistance

Two- or three-dimensional tiling improves the fracture resistance of natural and bioinspired materials and may even provide additional functionality.

Graphical abstract: The mechanics of tessellations – bioinspired strategies for fracture resistance
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
Tutorial Review

Recent progress of abrasion-resistant materials: learning from nature

Recent investigations into natural abrasion-resistant materials to explore their general design principles, and the fabrication of bio-inspired abrasion-resistant materials are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress of abrasion-resistant materials: learning from nature
From the themed collection: Bioinspired Surfaces and Materials
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About this collection

Guest edited by Romana Schirhagl, Lei Jiang, Carsten Werner, Christoph Weder and Marcus Textor, this Chemical Society Reviews themed issue covers the exciting area of bioinspired surfaces and materials – from recent developments to technical breakthroughs and translation to applications. Consisting of invited, authoritative reviews from prominent scientists, this themed issue encompasses topics such as surface wettability and function, optical properties and energy harvesting, biomimetics and biology/medicine, tools and characterisation, and theoretical aspects. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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