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Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential


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Blood Clots and Vascular Networks: Self-Healing Materials.- Shark Skin: Taking a Bite Out of Bacteria.- Mother-of-Pearl: An Engineering Gem.- Diatoms: Glass Ornaments of the Earth's Waters.- Lotus Leaves: Humble Beauties.- Dragonfly Wings: Special Structures for Aerial Acrobatics.- Moth Eyes: A New Vision for Light-Harnessing Efficiency.- Botanical Leaves: Groovy Terrain.- Snake Skin: Small Scales With a Large Scale Impact.- Gecko Pads: A Force to Be Reckoned With.- Butterfly Wings: Nature's Fluttering Kaleidoscope.- Frog Skin: A Giant Leap for Engineering Applications.- Spider Silk: A Sticky Situation.

About the Author

Michelle Lee is at the McCormick School of Engineering of Northwestern University.


From the book reviews:

"This is a fascinating collection of 13 popular science-level, short articles on naturally occurring surfaces, some of their outstanding properties, and possible applications in engineered surfaces. ... Each chapter contains a description of the natural surface, the fundamental engineering principles underlying its function, potential engineering applications, and a bibliography. The brief, uniformly presented chapters, with a well-balanced layout of text, images, and basic equations, can be read easily. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. All students and general readers." (J. Lambropoulos, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)

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