Plasma-processed biomimetic structures are an extremely focused and small subset of biomimetics. Although other methods can also be adopted, experimental synthesis of biomimetic structures mainly focuses on plasma processing. This book deals with the theoretical description of photonic structures available in nature, and the physics and applications of biomimetic structures prepared in the laboratory. It discusses anti-reflection properties of moth eye- or cicada wing-type nanostructured materials on semiconductor surfaces, with emphasis on plasma fabrication procedures. It also explains, with the help of related theories, the superhydrophobic or hydrophilic wetting properties demonstrated by most of these natural structures. It discusses biomedical applications, especially in implants, as one of the key applications of such materials.
The book focuses mainly on plasma processing of biomimetic nanostructures and is, therefore, different from similar books that are more general in nature. It presents essential schematics, sufficient details, and advanced instrumentation techniques that would help readers understand why these structures are considered so important in materials science and physics.
Table of Contents
Photonic structures in the animal kingdom: valuable inspirations for bio-mimetic applications. Moth eye–type anti-reflecting nanostructures by an electron cyclotron resonance plasma. Plasma-processed biomimetic nano/microstructures. Wetting properties of natural and plasma processed biomimetic surfaces. Biomimetic superhydrophobic surface by plasma processing. Biomimetic interfaces of plasma modified titanium alloy.
Surojit Chattopadhyay is associate professor at the Institute of Biophotonics, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan. He obtained his PhD in 1996 from Calcutta University, India, while working at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. He has published around 70 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, including those in Nature Nanotechnology, Materials Science & Engineering R-Reports, Nano Letters, Physical Review, and Advanced Materials. His research interests include functional nanomaterials, biosensors, solar cells, semiconductor optoelectronics, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, biomimetics, and related topics.
"Prof. Chattopadhyay has put together an excellent selection of chapters giving an overview of the most recent advances in the rapidly growing field of plasma processing as applied to biomimetics. As such, the book comprises contributions from internationally well-reputed researchers in the broad field of engineered biomimicry. It is remarkable that many practical applications in several fields are provided, including potential commercial applications."
—Prof. Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; The Pennsylvania State University, USA
"A systematic and comprehensive reference which covers the key aspects of biomimetic micro- and nanostructured materials fabricated using low-temperature plasmas, such as (i) how natural objects are designed to meet a specific function, (ii) deterministic design principles of bio-inspired materials to meet the requirements in specific applications, and (iii) guiding principles for the plasma process development to produce such materials. This work provides the most essential knowledge and further reading for all levels from undergraduate research projects to advanced fundamental and industry-oriented research."
—Prof. Kostya Ostrikov, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia; Queensland University of Technology, Australia