Biomimicry is the attitude to investigate the Nature to emulate or take inspiration from, in order to design efficient and reliable technology. Modern advanced microscopy and spectroscopy instruments allows to characterize biological systems at the nanoscale, extending the biomimetic approach to molecules and their function. In particular, the atomic force microscope (AFM) has proven to be a valuable tool to exploit such a paradigm. Two different stories will be presented, in which the information learned using AFM can be useful in the rational design of advanced materials: 1. bioactivation of 3D scaffolds based on extra-cellular matrix proteins and 2. design of anti-fouling surfaces inspired by the eyes of green crab Carcinus Maenas.

*ZAJEDNIČKI SEMINAR Hrvatskog biofizičkog društva i Zavoda za istraživanje mora i okoliša