Next-Generation Bioinspired Materials

  • Challenges to scientific understanding: Wide selection of biological multifunctional systems to drive inspiration of new designs with advanced materials properties (e.g., strength, adhesion, optics, hierarchy, assembly)

    • Opportunity: Enriching and harvesting underlying principles and processes to drive engineering activities in a productive way

    • Opportunity: Fabrication and assembly of inspired materials

  • Challenges to scientific understanding: Biomimicry of biomolecules with directed conformation and information content

    • Opportunity: Defining desired properties and designing controlled synthesis

    • Opportunity: Characterization and implementation of new materials

  • Challenges to scientific understanding: Seamless integration of functionalized biomolecular materials in the body and in devices

    • Opportunity: Preventing fouling and foreign-body reaction from functionalized biomaterials

    • Opportunity: Controlling reactions at the surface to optimize desired integration of material

    • Opportunity: Longevity and robustness


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