A bio-inspired material is any material that exhibits a structure or function that imitates some aspect of a material or process found in nature. The study of bio-inspired materials is a technical means for people to learn from nature, in order to develop new materials and structures with novel functionalities. In addition to bio-inspired material, green processing and related technologies exhibit flexibility for materials design to impart various functionalities for diverse applications, including energy and environment.

The session will provide a forum for researchers, students, and entrepreneurs to present and discuss their recent scientific results on a wide variety of topics related to science and engineering issues associated with bio-inspired and green processing of advanced materials. A particular emphasis will be placed on fundamental issues related to advancing our understanding and utilization of processes inspired by nature to develop materials with new functionalities and structures, current progress and challenges, and future directions in green processing and related technologies.

Proposed sessions

  • Bio-inspired processing of ceramics
  • Bottom-up assembly and complex colloids
  • Biomimetic optical and photonic materials
  • Bio-inspired materials for medical applications
  • Advances in bio-inspired materials
  • Mechanical properties of bio-inspired materials
  • Environmental applications of bio-inspired materials
  • Characterizations of bio-inspired materials
  • Nature-inspired materials for energy storage, conversion, and production
  • Green processing for energy conversion and storage materials and systems
  • Green processing of functional materials
  • Green technology for environmental sustainability
  • Future direction of bio-inspired materials, green processing, and technologies

Organizers

  • Joaquin Ramirez-Rico, University of Seville, Spain, jrr@us.es
  • Manoj K Mahapatra, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, mkmanoj@uab.edu
  • Francois Barthelat, McGill University, Canada
  • Esther Garcia-Tuñon, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Denis Gebauer, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
  • Steven Naleway, University of Utah, USA
  • Eduardo Saiz, Imperial College London, UK
  • Simone Sprio, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics-ISTEC, Italy
  • Pablo Zavattieri, Purdue University, USA
  • Henry A. Colorado, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Colombia