SM11 Design and Analysis of Bioderived and Bioinspired Multifunctional Materials
Over the past century, humankind has enjoyed the consumer convenience and technological advancements enabled by petroleum-based plastics, while at the same time perpetuating the negative consequences of non-degradable plastic wastes after their service life. To increase the sustainability of human society, new strategies for materials synthesis and a focus on renewable resources is needed. To that end, Nature provides abundant raw materials that can be transformed into biodegradable high-performance and multifunctional materials, including cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, chitin, alginate, and silk, among many others. If these biopolymers can be rationally processed, modified, and designed, they can be used as advanced materials with potential applications as structural and engineering products and with utility in environmental remediation, optical devices, electronic substrates, energy harvesting systems and storage materials, as well as biomedical devices. Furthermore, Nature also offers numerous examples of structural designs that endow materials with exceptional performance, thus providing inspiration for the design of functional materials in concert with sustainable technology. This symposium will provide updates on the state-of-the-art research on the design and analysis of multifunctional materials, structures, and devices that are derived from and inspired by Nature, bringing together scientists and engineers across various disciplines.