1st Edition

Biomimetics Connecting Ecology and Engineering by Informatics

Edited By Akihiro Miyauchi, Masatsugu Shimomura Copyright 2023
    340 Pages 71 Color & 107 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    340 Pages 71 Color & 107 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    Biomimetics is based on nature, while technology is based on economy. One of the solutions for a sustainable society is to learn a grand design of technology from nature. Methods that mimic nature have a long history in various fields. Now is the time to use biomimetics as a starting technology design. Biomimetics is gaining a great deal of attention not only in materials and mechanical engineering but also in the ecosystem that comprises city planning, agriculture, and forestry. Informatics is being added to biomimetics to support its diversity and cross-disciplinarity.

    This book will inspire the undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and general readers who aim to develop technology for sustainability. Edited by Profs Akihiro Miyauchi and Masatsugu Shimomura, two prominent nanotechnology researchers, the book is their second volume on biomimetics. The first volume, Industrial Biomimetics, also published by Jenny Stanford Publishing, focused on the engineering aspect of biomimetics.

    1. Application of Biomimetics and Public and Industrial Perceptions

    Yuta Uchiyama, Chika Takatori, and Ryo Kohsaka

    2. Ontology-Enhanced Thesaurus for Promoting Biomimetics Research

    Riichiro Mizoguchi and Kouji Kozaki

    3. Biomimetics Image Retrieval Platform for Bridging Different Study Fields

    Miki Haseyama and Takahiro Ogawa

    4. Theory of Inventive Problem-Solving Method Applying Biomimetics

    Takeshi Yamauchi, Hidetoshi Kobayashi, and Toru Kobayashi

    5. Urban Planning by Learning from Living Creatures

    Mamoru Taniguchi

    6. Functional Elucidation of Biological Interactions in Agricultural Ecosystems and the Application of Biomimetics to Plant Protection

    Naoki Mori, Takuma Takanashi, and Hidefumi Mitsuno

    7. Anti-Biofouling Effects against Sessile Organisms of Soft Materials

    Takayuki Murosaki

    8. Biomimetic Devices by Nano/Micro Processing

    Seiji Aoyagi, Masato Suzuki, Tomokazu Takahashi, and Takeshi Ito

    9. Structural Color in Biomimetics

    Akira Saito

    10. Wetting Phenomena on Structured Surfaces: Contact Angle, Pinning, Rolling and Bouncing

    Hiroyuki Mayama

    11. Powdered Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Developed Based on Biomimetics

    Syuji Fujii and Shin-ichi Akimoto

    12. Fabrication of Artificial Melanin-Based Structural Color Materials through Biomimetic Design

    Michinari Kohri

    13. Study of Bile Duct Stent Having Antifouling Properties Using Biomimetics Technique

    Atsushi Sekiguchi

    14. Biomimetic Designed Surfaces for Growth Suppression of Biofilm-Inspired Sharkskin Denticles

    Mariko Miyazaki and Akihiro Miyauchi


    Akihiro Miyauchi is a professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan. He received his BS in physics from Tokyo University of Science and master’s and PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He was a visiting scientist at the Microsystems Technology Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chief researcher at Hitachi Ltd, where he developed a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) fabrication process for ultra-high speed bipolar transistors for optical communications, CMOS-LSI for computer processors, and CVD reactor simulators. He started nanofabrication using nanoimprint and developed nanoimprint machines, patterned media, optical devices, and cell culture tools. His interest is in functional surface design at the nano- and microscale. He has been a leader and a member of national projects and international committees on nanoimprint and biomimetics.

    Masatsugu Shimomura graduated from Kyushu University, Japan, after which he worked as an assistant professor in the field of biomimetic chemistry in Prof. Toyoki Kunitake’s laboratory. He moved to the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan, as associate professor, where he researched polymeric Langmuir–Blodgett films. Then he moved to Hokkaido University, Japan, for starting a new laboratory to work on bottom-up nanotechnology based on self-organization and biomimetics. Concurrently, he held the post of principle investigator at RIKEN, Japan, where he developed self-organized honeycomb-patterned polymer films in collaboration with many industrial companies. After moving to Tohoku University, Japan, Prof. Shimomura organized a national research project on engineering neobiomimetics and started an educational program on biomimetics at the Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. He has also worked with Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf of the University of Mainz, Germany, and Prof. Erich Sackmann of TU-Munich, Germany.