Mechanics of biomimetic materials

A coherent, interdisciplinary research program has been initiated at the TU/e to develop and characterize biocompatible synthetic materials that are mechanically indistinguishable from biological materials; Through the combined approach of chemical synthesis and self-assembly, computational modeling and mechanical characterization, these new materials will serve as a basis for a fundamental physical understanding of the remarkable mechanical behavior of biological materials. Special emphasis is placed on studying the nonlinear rheological behavior of these materials and directly relating it to their molecular-scale properties and their morphology.