New book by Prof. Gibson available Sept. 2010

May 12, 2010

Cellular Materials in Nature and Medicine, Lorna J. Gibson, Michael F. Ashby, and Brendan A. Harley Bringing to life the fascinating structures and unique mechanics of natural and biomedical cellular materials, this book is an expert guide to the subject for graduates and researchers. Arranged in three parts, the book begins with a review of the mechanical properties of nature’s building blocks (structural proteins, polysaccharides, and minerals) and the mechanics of cellular materials. Part II then describes a wide range of cellular materials in nature: honeycomb-like materials such as wood and cork and foam-like materials including trabecular bone, plant parenchyma, adipose tissue, coral, and sponge. Natural cellular materials often combine with fully dense ones to give mechanically efficient structures. The efficiency of natural sandwich structures (iris leaves, bird skulls), circular sections with radial density gradients (palm, bamboo) and cylindrical shells with compliant cores (animal quills and plant stems) are all discussed. Images convey the structural similarities of very different materials, whilst color property charts provide the reader with mechanical data. Part III discusses biomedical applications of cellular materials: metal foams for orthopedic applications and porous tissue engineering scaffolds for regenerating tissue. It includes the effect of scaffold properties on cell behavior (e.g. attachment, morphology, migration, contraction). Cambridge University Press

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