Functional Surfaces in Biology

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-03
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag

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This book is devoted to the rapidly growing area of science dealing with structure and properties of biological surfaces in their relation to particular function(s). The issue, written by a team of specialists from different disciplines, covers various surface functions, such as protection, defence, water transport, anti-wetting, self cleaning, light reflection and scattering, and acoustics. Because biological surfaces hide virtually endless potential of technological ideas for development of new materials and systems, inspirations from biology may be also interesting for a broad range of topics in surface engineering.

Table of Contents

Volumep. 1
Introduction: Surface Properties and their Functions in Biological Systemsp. 3
Protection and Defence
Biological Properties of Fruit and Seed Slime Envelope: How to Live, Fly, and Not Diep. 11
Easily Damaged Integument of Some Sawflies (Hymenoptera) is Part of a Defence Strategy Against Predatorsp. 31
Water Repellence in Gecko Skin: How Do Geckos Keep Clean?p. 47
Anti-Wetting Surfaces in Heteroptera (Insecta): Hairy Solutions to Any Problemp. 55
Water Repellent Properties of Spiders: Topographical Variations and Functional Correlatesp. 77
Dry in the Water: The Superhydrophobic Water Fern Salvinia - a Model for Biomimetic Surfacesp. 97
Brochosomal Coatings of the Integument of Leafhoppers (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae)p. 113
Pull, Push and Evaporate: The Role of Surfaces in Plant Water Transportp. 141
Molding and Carving Cell Surfaces: The Joke of a Fold and the Origin and Evolution of Feathersp. 163
Surface Structure of Sound Emission Organs in Urania Mothsp. 189
Sensory Systems
Functional Coupling of Cereal Filiform Hairs and Campaniform Sensilla in Cricketsp. 203
Advanced Photonic Systems on the Wing-Scales of Lepidopterap. 237
Sub-micron Structures Causing Reflection and Antireflection in Animalsp. 259
Surface Colors of Insects: Wings and Eyesp. 285
Butterfly Photonics: Form and Functionp. 307
Color Platesp. 337
Indexp. 371
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