Marine Biological Materials of Invertebrate Origin

  • Hermann Ehrlich

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Biomaterials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 3-18
  3. Biomineralization and Biominerals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 21-44
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      Pages 45-51
  4. Biocomposites and Biomineralized Structures

  5. Non-mineralized Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 161-172
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      Pages 173-184
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      Pages 185-192
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      Pages 193-201
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      Pages 203-209
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      Pages 225-228
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  6. Macromolecular Biopolymers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 277-294
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  7. From Extreme Biomineralization to Extreme Biomimetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 311-319
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      Pages 321-326
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 327-329

About this book


The work is a source of modern knowledge on biomineralization, biomimetics and bioinspired materials science with respect to marine invertebrates. The author gives the most coherent analysis of the nature, origin and evolution of biocomposites and biopolymers isolated from and observed in the broad diversity of marine invertebrate organisms and within their unusual structural formations. The basic format is that of a major review article, with liberal use of references to original literature. There is a wealth of new and newly synthesized information, including dozens of previously unpublished images of unique marine creatures and structures from nano- to microscale including high-resolution scanning and transmission electron micrographs. The material is organized effectively along both biological (phyla) and functional lines. The classification of biological materials of marine origin is proposed and discussed. Much of the pertinent data is organized into tables, and extensive use is made of electron micrographs and line drawings. Several modern topics e.g. “biomineralization- demineralization-remineralization phenomena”, or “phenomenon of multiphase biomineralization”, are discussed in details. Traditionally, such current concepts as hierarchical organization of biocomposites and skeletal structures, structural bioscaffolds, biosculpturing, biomimetism and bioinspiration as tools for the design of innovative materials  are critically analyzed from both biological and materials science point of view using numerous unique examples of marine origin. This monograph reviews the most relevant advances in the marine biomaterials research field, pointing out several approaches being introduced and explored by distinct laboratories.


Biomaterials Biocomposites Biomineralization Biomimetics Biosilica

Authors and affiliations

  • Hermann Ehrlich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Electronic and Sensor MaterialsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-92482-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-92483-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-0593
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-0607
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