Nature inspired display material

Have you ever wished your mobile phone display was unbreakable? Researchers from ETH Zurich imitate materials from nature to create transparent materials with high fracture resistance.

Here is a short video :


Mr Tommaso Magrini

Student / Doctorate Programme at D-MATL


ETH Zürich

Tommaso Magrini

Complex Materials

HCI G 530

Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10

8093 Zürich


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AMSILK, the spider silk

AMSilk produces and distributes increasing volumes of high-quality silk biopolymers for use in textile products, medical devices and cosmetics.
One of the most amazing and revolutionary bio-inspired innovation. Now available with a wide range of applications : footwear, apparel, technical textiles, fashion, automotive, aviation ...
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The Gecko secret

The most surprising characteristic of the gecko is its ability to walk effortlessly on any kind of surfaces, vertically, or upside down, even on the ceilings. And he does it although its feets and fingers are not adhesive and have no form of suction cup.

Man has been trying to explain this behavior for centuries! Even since the 3Th century BC ! Aristotle, THE Greek philosopher, wrote about the gecko: " He climbs very fast on trees, and in all directions, even upside down ". (History of The Animals, book 9, translation Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire).

After years of researchs, and many hypothesis, the secret of geckos agility has been revealed and it should allow for new technological advances in adhesives, even developing new applications for space programs.


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No antimicrobials. No chemicals. Just Sharklet.

Sharklet is the world's first technology to inhibit bacterial growth through pattern alone. The Sharklet surface is comprised of millions of microscopic features arranged in a distinct diamond pattern. The structure of the pattern alone inhibits bacteria from attaching, colonizing and forming biofilms. Sharklet contains no toxic additives or chemicals, and uses no antibiotics or antimicrobials.

Sharklet draws inspiration from the shape and pattern of the dermal denticles of sharkskin. Sharks are resistant to fouling organisms in the water including algae and barnacles.

Founded in 2007, Sharklet Technologies, Inc. uses the Sharklet micropattern to control bacteria and other microorganisms. Originally discovered by Dr. Tony Brennan at the University of Florida, STI has licensed the technology to develop medical devices and consumer applications utilizing the Sharklet pattern.

After relocating in 2009, we are now located in the Colorado Bioscience Park in Aurora, Colorado, in a facility that includes business development and management offices as well as a GLP-ready microbiology and cell culture lab.

Videos :

The board Biomim'review :



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The Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7287), associating Aix-Marseille University and the CNRS through the Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), the main institute, and three secondary institutes: the Institute of Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS); the Institute of Computer Sciences and their Interactions (INS2I) and the Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS).

The institute is located on several sites of Aix-Marseille University, the Luminy campus, the Sainte-Marguerite Hospital, the Timone Hospital, and the IUT site of Aix-en-Provence


The Institute's research themes focus on the mechanical, physiological, neurological, psychological and sociological determinants of the motor skills of living beings, particularly humans.

The Institute's project is to develop interdisciplinarity for the study of Movement, in order to work at the frontiers of disciplinary fields.

Research teams :

Intervention by Stéphane Viollet and Antoine Wystrach at Biomim'expo 2019 to present the robot AntBot :

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2019 :

Sources / contacts :

UMR 7287 CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
Faculty of Sport Sciences, CP 910
163, av. de Luminy F-13288 Marseille cedex 09 (FRANCE)
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Fax: +33 (0)491 17 22 52
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ANTBOT - geolocation without GPS

Her name is Cataglyphis and she's great. She is a desert ant, a navigator who moves without GPS, thanks to a celestial compass because she can "read" light!

Researchers have deciphered its secret and even used it as a bio-inspired tool to develop the AntBot robot, a revolution in future navigation strategies.

Discover this fantastic story inspired by the living with Stéphane Viollet, Director of Research at CNRS, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM-UMR7287) Aix Marseille University, and Antoine Wystrach, Research Fellow at the CNRS, Animal Cognition Research Centre in Toulouse (CNRS) Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III), told at Biomim'expo 2019.

Other videos :

Sources / contacts :

CNRS researcher l Stéphane Viollet // T +33 4 91 82 83 68 // +33 6 34 14 15 94 //
Press CNRS l Priscilla Dacher // T +33 1 44 96 46 06 //

Other releases :

The CNRS press release: The first legged robot that moves without GPS

Science Robotics : AntBot: A six-legged walking robot able to home like desert ants in outdoor environments

Futura Sciences : Meet Antbot, an ant-inspired robot that moves without GPS

Engineering techniques : AntBot: a robot that orientates itself like an ant - Applications to visual navigation without GPS or magnetometer

Rfi : AntBot, ant robot without GPS

The World : AntBot, an autonomous robot inspired by desert ants



CNES is a public industrial and commercial establishment (EPIC). It proposes France's space policy to the public authorities and implements it in five major strategic areas: Ariane, Science, Observation, Telecommunications and Defence.

Its 2 500 employees are spread over four centres of excellence: the Toulouse Space Centre for the design of orbital systems, the Launchers Directorate for the development of launch systems, the Guiana Space Centre for the implementation of European launchers and the Headquarters for the elaboration of space policy.

CNES maintains very close relations with the space industry, its European partners in the framework of the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and internationally. CNES is a major player in economic diplomacy and has enabled French industry to achieve many successes.

CNES is interested in bio-inspiration as a source of potential innovative solutions to the new challenges of space conquest and exploration.