Bio-inspired Materials

Tunable color of cells in squid skin. Project: Bio-inspired, Electrically Switchable, Polymer-based Infrared Shutter Based on Reflectance and Color Switches in Squid Skin.

Projects in the ICB Bio-inspired Materials task order aim to understand and exploit fundamental biological mechanisms and processes to develop new materials for energy, structural, optoelectronic, or separations applications. The research programs use or adapt biological components or biomimetic strategies to create self-assembled multicomponent materials to achieve control of compositions, structures, and properties across multiple length scales.  Projects seek to harness and integrate the selective transport of ions or molecular species, transduction of electrons and photons through materials and at interfaces, and strong lightweight mechanical properties of many biological systems into new materials and devices.

Research Projects