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Biological Materials of Marine Origin


  • First complete, illustrated systematic monograph of biological materials of marine origin with respect to vertebrates

  • Top level multi-disciplinary “hybrid monograph” between textbook and encyclopaedia on marine biological materials

  • Unique standard reference work


Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Biomaterials of Vertebrates Origin. An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 3-66
  3. Biomineralization in Marine Vertebrates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 69-89
    3. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 91-210
  4. Marine Fishes as Source of Unique Biocomposites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 213-236
    3. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 263-276
  5. Marine Biopolymers of Vertebrate Origin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 321-341
    3. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 343-359
    4. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 361-375
    5. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 377-402
    6. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 403-414
    7. Hermann Ehrlich
      Pages 423-432
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 433-436

About this book


This work is a source of modern knowledge on biomineralization, biomimetics and materials science with respect to marine vertebrates. For the first time in scientific literature the author gives the most coherent analysis of the nature, origin and evolution of biocomposites and biopolymers isolated from and observed in the broad variety of marine vertebrate organisms (fish, reptilian, birds and mammals) and within their hierarchically organized structural formations. The basic format is that of a major review article, with liberal use of references to original literature. There is a wealth of new and newly synthesized information, including dozens of previously unpublished images of unique marine creatures including extinct, extant and living taxa and their mineralized and un-mineralized structures from nano- to micro – and macroscale. The material is organized effectively along both biological (phyla) and functional lines. Several modern topics e.g. “Biohalite”, or “Fish Skin: From Clothing to Tissue Engineering”, as well as “Silica-based Minerals in Marine Vertebrates”, are never represented and discussed in previously published books. For the first time such current concepts as hierarchical organization of biocomposites and skeletal structures, structural bioscaffolds, biomimetism and bioinspiration as tools for the design of innovative materials are critically analyzed from both biological and materials science point of view using numerous unique examples of marine vertebrate origin. This monograph reviews the most relevant advances in the marine biological materials research field, pointing out several approaches being introduced and explored by distinct modern laboratories.

The objective of the book is for the scientists as well as for the senior or graduate standing in engineering or science to gain a solid appreciation for the special significance of the word marine biological materials as well as the rapid and exciting evolution and expansion of biomaterials science and its applications in modern technology and medicine.


Biocomposites Bioinspiration Biomaterials Biomimetics Biomineralization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Experimental PhysicsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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