Bioinspired Materials

Topical Issue on Micro-structured bioinspired functional surfaces

Guest Editors

Nicola Pugno
Barbara Mazzolai
Virgilio Mattoli


In the last years bio-mimetic functional surfaces are attracting more and more attention of the research community for the possibility to be exploited in the new relevant technological applications. Nature provides a wide range of surfaces having useful functions and properties. These can be studied to extract new principles and mechanisms for the development of artificial surfaces with unique properties and among them are: self-cleaning, water harvesting, air retention, dry adhesion, antifouling, water drag reduction and structural coloration. Noteworthy natural systems exploit a few fundamental building blocks (e.g. structural proteins) to have a wide range of different functions. In fact, in addition to surface chemistry and material mechanical properties, a fundamental role in generating natural surface properties is played by the micro-nano topography of the material as well as its multi-scale hierarchical structure.

Recent progresses in micro-nano fabrication technologies allow to replicate the complex hierarchical microstructures of natural surfaces opening the way to study new unexplored exciting possibilities in this field. These technologies include bottom up approaches (based on micro-nano level self assembly of nanoparticles, fibres, wrinkles, etc.) and top down approaches (such as, for example, direct 3D laser lithography).

This Special Issue intends to cover the recent progress in this field, including the design, development and characterization of new micro-structured surfaces based on polymeric systems and composites, the development of new patterning techniques for the fabrication of 3D bioinspired microstructure, the understanding of the natural principles extendable to technological applications, as well as the characterization, modelling and simulation of biological functional surfaces. Our aim is to highlight remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this research area and the potential impact of bioinspired functional surface research.

How to Submit

The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution by the editorial email: All papers will go through the Bioinspired Materials’ high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions please contact one of the Coordinating Editors Dr. Nicola Pugno (, Dr. Barbara Mazzolai ( or Dr. Virgilio Mattoli (

As an author of Bioinspired Materials you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Coordinating Editor,
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
  • no publication fees,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

The deadline for submissions is the end of October 2015.