Ever since we have looked at birds and wondered if we too could find a way to fly, have people been learning from biology (and evolution) to create functional materials.
Physics at Murdoch has strong interests in phontonics and functional materials as well and tissue engineering and biomedical applications. However we believe the common element of biomimickry & biomaterials deserves its own section.
Our research spans the ‘light-active’ structures in the scales of green buttefly wings to development of scaffolds and matrices for tissue engineering.
Examples of Recent Publications
- Winter, B, B Butz, C Dieker, GE Schröder-Turk, K Mecke, E Spiecker, Coexistence of both gyroid chiralities in individual butterfly wing scales of Callophrys rubi, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (42), 12911-12916, 2015.
- Poinern, GEJ , RK Brundavanam, XT Le, PK Nicholls, MA Cake, D Fawcett, The synthesis, characterisation and in vivo study of a bioceramic for potential tissue regeneration applications, Scientific Reports 4, 6235, 2014.
- Wang, T., Z. Lin, R.E. Day, B.S. Gardiner, E. Landao-Bassonga, J. Rubenson, T.B. Kirk, D.W. Smith, D.G. Lloyd, G. Hardisty, A. Wang, M.H. Zheng, Programmable mechanical stimulation on tendon homeostasis in a bioreactor system, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 110(5): 1495-1507, 2013.