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  Lessons from Nature: Using Bio-Inspiration to Create the Next Generation of Cutting-Edge Materials  
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In the course of evolution, Nature has developed strategies that endow biological processes and materials with remarkable properties. This is exemplified in the self-assemble dynamic structures that enable organisms to respond to a constantly changing environment. Learning from and mastering Nature's concepts promises to drive a paradigm shift in modern materials science and technology. Based on this philosophy, our group has recently developed ultra-slippery, pressure stable surfaces through inspiration from the Nepenthes pitcher plant. By exploring variations on this basic theme, we have developed ways in which to use this concept in a wide range of applications including anti-fouling coatings for use in algae and wastewater treatment industries, anti-bacterial surfaces for use in prevention of infection, and blood anticoagulant surfaces for dialysis machines. I will discuss these applications in detail as well as the overall mission of the Wyss Institute to bring bio-inspired technologies from the lab to the market.


Location: Fralin Auditorium
Price: Free
Sponsor: Department of Sustainable Biomaterials Future Faculty Development Program, MII, and ICTAS
Contact: Barry Goodell
E-Mail: Goodell@vt.edu
   
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