Nano/Micro-Manufacturing of Bioinspired Materials: a Review of Methods to Mimic Natural Structures. Academic Article uri icon


  • Through billions of years of evolution and natural selection, biological systems have developed strategies to achieve advantageous unification between structure and bulk properties. The discovery of these fascinating properties and phenomena has triggered increasing interest in identifying characteristics of biological materials, through modern characterization and modeling techniques. In an effort to produce better engineered materials, scientists and engineers have developed new methods and approaches to construct artificial advanced materials that resemble natural architecture and function. A brief review of typical naturally occurring materials is presented here, with a focus on chemical composition, nano-structure, and architecture. The critical mechanisms underlying their properties are summarized, with a particular emphasis on the role of material architecture. A review of recent progress on the nano/micro-manufacturing of bio-inspired hybrid materials is then presented in detail. In this case, the focus is on nacre and bone-inspired structural materials, petals and gecko foot-inspired adhesive films, lotus and mosquito eye inspired superhydrophobic materials, brittlestar and Morpho butterfly-inspired photonic structured coatings. Finally, some applications, current challenges and future directions with regard to manufacturing bio-inspired hybrid materials are provided.

published proceedings

  • Adv Mater

altmetric score

  • 8.2

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, C., Mcadams, D. A., & Grunlan, J. C.

citation count

  • 264

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Chaoqun||Mcadams, Daniel A||Grunlan, Jaime C

publication date

  • August 2016