Biological systems, which use extracellular matrices for structural support and defense as well as other functions, are now providing materials science with new opportunities for design and application. These systems adapt to changing ambient conditions, continually refining and adjusting shape through chemical, cellular, and mechanical signaling. The interface between biology and materials science has rapidly emerged to be at the forefront of materials research. Connecting structural features (nano, micro, meso and macro) to the resulting mechanical properties is important towards understanding not only functional aspects but also new materials and system designs.
The concept behind developing bioinspired materials is to adapt designs and features from complex, multifunctional biological systems, which use natural components, to produce structures with high performance synthetic engineering materials. This requires a systems approach combining the expertise of engineers with life scientists to study, refine and develop materials with complex, hierarchical structures.
This symposium covers interdisciplinary topics related to structural and functional investigations of biological materials, biomimetic and bioinspired systems and will encompass invited abstracts from researchers in materials science and engineering, mechanics and mechanical engineering, biology, physics and chemistry. How biological systems respond and adapt to external mechanical stimuli will also be addressed.