Functional Surfaces in Biology III

Diversity of the Physical Phenomena

  • Stanislav N. Gorb
  • Elena V. Gorb

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Receptors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anke Schmitz, Helmut Schmitz
      Pages 3-25
  3. Photonics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Mikhail Kryuchkov, Artem Blagodatski, Vsevolod Cherepanov, Vladimir L. Katanaev
      Pages 29-52
    3. Villads Egede Johansen, Olimpia Domitilla Onelli, Lisa Maria Steiner, Silvia Vignolini
      Pages 53-89
  4. Wetting Phenomena

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Anna-Christin Joel, Gerda Buchberger, Philipp Comanns
      Pages 93-106
    3. Anita Roth-Nebelsick, Frank Hauber, Wilfried Konrad
      Pages 107-120
  5. Adhesion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Janek von Byern, Carsten Müller, Karin Voigtländer, Victoria Dorrer, Martina Marchetti-Deschmann, Patrick Flammang et al.
      Pages 141-191
  6. Friction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Dylan K. Wainwright, George V. Lauder
      Pages 223-246
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-268

About this book


This book is devoted to the rapidly growing area of science dealing with structure and properties of biological surfaces in their relation to particular functions. This volume, written by a team of specialists from different disciplines, covers various biological surface functions: sensing, coloration, attachment, drag reduction, moisture harvesting, etc. Because biological surfaces have a virtually endless potential of technological ideas for the development of new materials and systems, inspirations from biology could also be interesting for a broad range of topics in surface engineering. This volume together with two previous volumes “Functional Surfaces in Biology” (vols. 1 & 2 published in 2009) taken together, present a good reference for a novice in the field. The book is intended for use by researchers who are active, or intend to become active, in the field. The appeal of this topic is expected to be broad, ranging from classical biology, biomechanics and physics to such applied fields as materials science and surface engineering.


Biological structure Functional morphology Surfances animals plants microstructures nanostructures biomimetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanislav N. Gorb
    • 1
  • Elena V. Gorb
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Zoological InstituteKiel UniversityKielGermany
  2. 2.Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Zoological InstituteKiel UniversityKielGermany

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