PUBLIC TALK: How nature makes materials
A lecture by Professor Ullrich Steiner, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Australian Academy of Science 2014 Selby Fellow.
Biological organisms have rather limited resources they can use to build the materials they are made of. Given these limitations, the range of properties of natural materials is mind-boggling, and in many instances not easily surpassed by man-made substitutes. One important aspect of many natural materials is their intricate structure, extending often from a few nanometers to macroscopic dimensions.
In this lecture Professor Steiner will discuss some recent work that illustrates what we can learn from nature: how to make structured materials and how to copy their properties. Some of the examples that Professor Steiner will cover will include: animal skeletons and sea shells; structural colour in nature; adhesion properties of insects, spiders and lizards; and self-cleaning surfaces.
Cost: Free, but RSVP required via http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/steiner
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