Bio-inspiration is a powerful concept to develop novel functional materials. A special edition of leading journal Advanced Materials, edited by Adolphe Merkle Institute Prof. Nico Bruns and his University of Cambridge colleague Silvia Vignolini, presents bio-inspired materials across all length scales. This includes wood‐based water‐purification systems, mussel‐protein‐inspired glues, diatoms that encapsulate drugs, fiber‐reinforced composites that indicate damage by bleeding, helical cellulose nanocrystals for optical applications, pigments and coatings that mimic the structural color of insects and plants, architecture inspired by the moving parts of plants, and much more. Authors include Prof. Alke Fink, Prof. Barbara Rothen, Prof. Christoph Weder, Prof. Michael Mayer, Prof. Ullrich Steiner, as well as many other AMI researchers.
Cover art by Miguel Spuch (Adolphe Merkle Institute)