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Wallace G.G., Moulton S.E., Higgins M.J., Kapsa R., Wienheim, Wiley-VCH, 2012.
The first reference on this emerging interdisciplinary research area at the interface between materials science and biomedicine is written by pioneers in the field, who address the requirements, current status and future challenges. Focusing on inherently conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes and graphene, they adopt a systematic approach, covering all relevant aspects and concepts: synthesis and fabrication, properties, introduction of biological function, components of bionic devices and materials requirements. Established bionic devices, such as the bionic ear are examined, as are emerging areas of application, including use of organic bionic materials as conduits for bone re-growth, spinal cord injury repair and muscle regeneration. The whole is rounded off with a look at future prospects in sustainable energy generation and storage.
Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry
Swiegers G.F.(Editor), John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2012.
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.
Conductive Electroactive Polymers: Intelligent Polymer Systems Third Edition
Wallace, G.G., Spinks, G.M., Kane-Maguire, L.A.P., Teasdale, P.R. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2008.
Mechanical Catalysis: Methods of Enzymatic, Homogeneous, and Heterogeneous Catalysis
by Swiegers, Gerhard, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
This book discusses the fundamental processes at work in mechanical catalysis, the origin of its general and physical features, the way it has evolved in many enzymes, and how it relates to catalysis in man-made systems. It ties together the thirty-plus existing theories of enzymatic catalysis, covers design issues in the creation of biomimetic catalysts (including requirements, problems, approaches, and solutions), explains the difference between energy- and time-dependent catalysis, and interfaces with the hot ideas of complexity and complex systems science. This book has large implications and could revolutionize our understanding of catalysis.