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Biomimetically-inspired photonic nanomaterials

Biomimetically-inspired photonic nanomaterials
Biomimetically-inspired photonic nanomaterials
Nature has been kind enough to provide us with a 3-billion year old portfolio of an on-going experiment with living systems. There are well-optimised engineering solutions to mechanical, aerodynamic, hydrodynamic and optical problems all to be found in the living world Bar-Cohen (Bioinspir Biomim 1:P1–P12, 2006), Bhusan (Phil Trans Roy Soc A 367: 1445–1486, 2009). However, Nature is severely limited in the materials that are at its disposal so that as engineers we can improve on Nature’s solutions to particular problems by taking Nature’s design template as a starting point and then incorporating our own more appropriate materials, or metamaterials into that template design. We can also use Nature’s solutions as a starting point in our own “evolutionary algorithms” by taking Nature’s 3-billion year old solution as our initial starting point and then extrapolating that solution to (effectively) thousands of billions of years into the future using digital computers. This review article will consider just one particular application area of biomimetics—photonic nanomaterials Vukusic (Natural Photonics. Physics World pp. 35–39, 2004).
biomimetics, photonics, nanomaterials
0957-4522
965–979
Parker, Gregory
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Parker, Gregory
edf88b88-ba05-48a5-8ae4-d6d6aa984364

Parker, Gregory (2010) Biomimetically-inspired photonic nanomaterials. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 21 (10), 965–979. (doi:10.1007/s10854-010-0164-1).

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Abstract

Nature has been kind enough to provide us with a 3-billion year old portfolio of an on-going experiment with living systems. There are well-optimised engineering solutions to mechanical, aerodynamic, hydrodynamic and optical problems all to be found in the living world Bar-Cohen (Bioinspir Biomim 1:P1–P12, 2006), Bhusan (Phil Trans Roy Soc A 367: 1445–1486, 2009). However, Nature is severely limited in the materials that are at its disposal so that as engineers we can improve on Nature’s solutions to particular problems by taking Nature’s design template as a starting point and then incorporating our own more appropriate materials, or metamaterials into that template design. We can also use Nature’s solutions as a starting point in our own “evolutionary algorithms” by taking Nature’s 3-billion year old solution as our initial starting point and then extrapolating that solution to (effectively) thousands of billions of years into the future using digital computers. This review article will consider just one particular application area of biomimetics—photonic nanomaterials Vukusic (Natural Photonics. Physics World pp. 35–39, 2004).

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Submitted date: March 2010
e-pub ahead of print date: 14 July 2010
Keywords: biomimetics, photonics, nanomaterials
Organisations: Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

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Local EPrints ID: 270927
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/270927
ISSN: 0957-4522
PURE UUID: fc00af1b-cda4-4874-8628-a42afdb357a5

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Date deposited: 27 Apr 2010 10:32
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 22:20

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