NanoScience and Technology

Biological Micro- and Nanotribology

Nature’s Solutions

Authors: Scherge, Matthias, Gorb, Stanislav

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Many of the major challenges facing today's engineering science are related to miniaturization. In this field, vital progress can be made by studying Nature's solutions: Insects and other living creatures have solved many of the same problems during their evolution. Biological micro- and nanotribology aims to gather information about friction, adhesion and wear in such biological systems and to exploit this new knowledge, e.g. in the design of micro-electro- mechanical systems, the development of novel types of monolayer lubrication, the invention of new adhesives, and the construction of artificial joints. By employing a combination of approaches from several disciplines -- physics, engineering, tribology, biology, and materials science -- the authors elucidate the principles of a variety of biomechanical systems that rely on frictional surfaces or adhesive secretions to attach parts of the body to one another or to attach organisms to a substrate. This account provides an excellent starting point for engineers and physicists working with biological systems and for biologists studying friction and adhesion. It will also serve as a valuable introduction for graduate students entering this interdisciplinary field of research.

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"Their book is a valuable addition to the literature on the micromechanics of very thin films … . The discussion is exceedingly well organized and well illustrated; many examples are provided from biological systems … . Overall, the authors have succeeded admirably in providing and informative and thorough text, the publisher has produced an attractive book, and readers will find much material of interest … . I recommend it to anyone who works in the area of micromechanics of friction and lubrication." (Howard A. Stone, Physics Today, June, 2002)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Scherge, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 3-5

  • Physical Principles of Micro- and Nanotribology

    Scherge, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 7-76

  • Biological Frictional and Adhesive Systems

    Scherge, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 79-127

  • Frictional Devices of Insects

    Scherge, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 129-150

  • Microscale Test Equipment

    Scherge, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 153-178

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eBook $189.00
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Softcover $249.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-07440-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biological Micro- and Nanotribology
Book Subtitle
Nature’s Solutions
Authors
Series Title
NanoScience and Technology
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-04431-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-04431-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-41188-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07440-0
Series ISSN
1434-4904
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 306
Topics