Inspired by nature

A new Royal Society of Chemistry book on bio-inspired polymers edited by NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Principal Investigators Prof. Nico Bruns (Adolphe Merkle Institute) and Prof. Andreas Kilbinger (University of Fribourg) has been released. “Bio-inspired Polymers” aims to show how naturally occurring polymers, such as polysaccharides, proteins and DNA – all key aspects of life - are inciting scientists to design new polymeric materials with specific functions, for example, responsive, adaptive and self-healing materials.

Bio-inspired Polymers covers all aspects of the subject, ranging from the synthesis of novel polymers, to structure-property relationships, materials with advanced properties and applications of bio-inspired polymers in fields such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, optical materials and lightweight structural materials.

Written and edited by leading experts on the topic, the book provides a comprehensive review and essential graduate level text on bio-inspired polymers for biochemists, materials scientists and chemists working in both industry and academia.

The book also includes contributions from other NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials members including Prof. Christoph Weder (Adolphe Merkle Institute), Prof. Ullrich Steiner (Adolphe Merkle Institute) and Prof. André Studart (Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETHZ).

Bruns, Nico, and Andreas F M Kilbinger, eds. Bio-Inspired Polymers. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016. DOI:10.1039/9781782626664.

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