Hydrophobic de-icingHarvard University (Aizenberg lab)
De-icing without chemicals
Metabolic and oxidation processes break down hydrocarbonsFungi
Metabolic and oxidation processes used by various species of fungi digest harmful hydrocarbons by breaking down their structures
Chewing through woodharlequin beetle
Newly developed harlequin beetles escape the trees where they are born by chewing through the wood with large, strong mandibles.
Geckel nano-adhesiveNorthwestern University & Kensey Nash
Mussel and gecko adhesion
Gecko-inspired bandageMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Bandage that works without chemicals
Wing scales cause light to diffract and interfereMorpho butterflies
Wings of Morpho butterflies create color by causing light waves to diffract and interfere.
Jaws shear fleshalligator snapping turtle
The powerful jaws of the alligator snapping turtle are effective at tearing flesh because they are covered in a sharp-edged horny beak.
Sharklet surface textureSharklet Technologies, LLC
Shark-inspired surface reduces bacterial growth without causing resistance
Skin prevents biofoulingshark
Skin of sharks prevents micro-organisms from attaching due to surface microstructure
Fog-harvesting meshMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Mesh that captures moisture from fog
Concentrated solar plantMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Optimal arrangement of solar array mirrors based on Fibonacci spirals.
The bidirectional wave turbineBiomiVal
Turbine captures wave energy