Cellulose-Based Biomimetics and Their Applications

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Nature has been producing cellulose since long before man walked the surface of the earth. Millions of years of natural design and testing have resulted in cellulose-based structures that are an inspiration for the production of synthetic materials based on cellulose with properties that can mimic natural designs, functions, and properties. Here, five sections describe cellulose-based materials with characteristics that are inspired by gratings that exist on the petals of the plants, structurally colored materials, helical filaments produced by plants, water-responsive materials in plants, and environmental stimuli-responsive tissues found in insects and plants. The synthetic cellulose-based materials described herein are in the form of fibers and films. Fascinating multifunctional materials are prepared from cellulose-based liquid crystals and from composite cellulosic materials that combine functionality with structural performance. Future and recent applications are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1703655
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018


  • Cellulose-based liquid-crystalline materials
  • Cellulose-based photonic materials
  • Cellulosic fibers and films mimicking the shapes of natural systems
  • Nature's bioinspired systems
  • Responsive cellulose-based materials


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