Functional Surfaces in Biology

Little Structures with Big Effects Volume 1

  • Stanislav N. Gorb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Introduction

  3. Protection and Defence

  4. Anti–wetting

  5. Transport

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
  6. Aerodynamics

  7. Acoustics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Alejandro Barro, Marianne Vater, Martha Pérez, Frank Coro
      Pages 189-199
  8. Sensory Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Ralph Heußlein, Heribert Gras, Werner Gnatzy
      Pages 203-233
  9. Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Doekele G. Stavenga
      Pages 285-306
    3. Abigail L. Ingram
      Pages 307-336
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 337-384

About this book


This book is devoted to the rapidly growing area of science dealing with structure and properties of biological surfaces in their relation to particular function(s). This volume, written by a team of specialists from different disciplines, covers various surface functions such as protection, defense, water transport, anti-wetting, self cleaning, light reflection and scattering, and acoustics. Because biological surfaces have a virtually endless potential of technological ideas for the development of new materials and systems, inspirations from biology could also be interesting for a broad range of topics in surface engineering.


Functional morphology Sensor aerodynamics biology biomechanics biomimetics development dynamics model optics science surface science transport zoology & botany

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanislav N. Gorb
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Functional Morphology and BiomechanicsZoological Institute University of KielKielGermany

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