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Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry Reverse-Engineering Nature by Jean-Marie Lehn, Janine Benyus

Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry Reverse-Engineering Nature



Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry Reverse-Engineering Nature by Jean-Marie Lehn, Janine Benyus

This book reviews and summarizes the many and varied forms of bioinspiration and biomimicry that are found in chemistry, from the crude to the highly sophisticated, from the near-biological to the totally industrial and abiological. It critically evaluates our true understanding of biological processes and systems by considering our ability to replicate them in non-biological settings. Research chemists will find critical and holistic evaluation of chemical processes in nature.


As a resource for chemists, the main advantage of this book is this diversity, which makes it stand out from more specific discussions of e.g. biomimetic materials chemistry. In this sense, the book would provide a good reference to someone new to the field or as part of a reading list for a course on biomimetics and bioinspiration in chemistry. In addition, for readers who have worked in one area of biomimetic chemistry for some time, this book is broad enough to give some interesting insight into some very different chemistries. (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed, 1 August 2013) As such, it holds a unique place in the literature, and would be best suited for advanced students or researchers interested in this area. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners. (Choice, 1 August 2013)

About the Author

GERHARD F. SWIEGERS, PhD, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Wollongong in Australia. His research focuses on taking inspiration from and learning from Nature in fields including self-assembly and catalysis. He has authored widely cited works that highlight the similarity of self-assembly in chemistry and biology. He has also been responsible for illuminating important fundamental aspects of chemical and biological catalysis, with significant implications for the rational design of bio-inspired catalysts.

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Publication date

7th December 2012


Jean-Marie Lehn, Janine Benyus

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Wiley-Blackwell an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


508 pages


Industrial chemistry
Mechanical engineering & materials



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