Progress on bioinspired, biomimetic, and bioreplication routes to harvest solar energy

Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Abstract

Although humans have long been imitating biological structures to serve their particular purposes, only a few decades ago engineered biomimicry began to be considered a technoscientific discipline with a great problem-solving potential. The three methodologies of engineered biomimicry--viz., bioinspiration, biomimetic, and bioreplication--employ and impact numerous technoscientific fields. For producing fuels and electricity by artificial photosynthesis, both processes and porous surfaces inspired by plants and certain marine animals are under active investigation. Biomimetically textured surfaces on the subwavelength scale have been shown to reduce the reflectance of photovoltaic solar cells over the visible and the near-infrared regimes. Lenticular compound lenses bioreplicated from insect eyes by an industrially scalable technique offer a similar promise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number021103
JournalApplied Physics Reviews
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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biomimetics
solar energy
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photosynthesis
insects
problem solving
electricity
animals
solar cells
lenses
methodology
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Progress on bioinspired, biomimetic, and bioreplication routes to harvest solar energy. / Martín-Palma, Raúl J.; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh.

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