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Bioengineering; Biognosis; Bio-inspired design; Biomimesis; Biomimicry; Bionics; Biophysics; Biotechnology


Biomimetics can be defined as the application of methods and principles found in nature to modern science and engineering.


Biomimetics is a specific approach to engineering design. Advocates of this technique believe optimized solutions for ecological systems resulting from many years of natural evolution can provide today’s engineers with novel technologies. Julian Vincent, a well-established researcher and the director of the Centre for Biomimetics and Natural Technologies proclaims that there is only a 10 % overlap between biology and technology in terms of the mechanisms used [1]. This technological potential has resulted in innovative creations throughout history.

Possibly the most well-known application of biomimetics was by a Swiss inventor, George de Mestral, who observed the efficient manner in which cockleburs adhered themselves to clothing...

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House, D., Li, D. (2014). Biomimetics. In: Li, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. Springer, Boston, MA.

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