A new class of bioinspired mechanical metamaterials


The aim of the EU-funded BOHEME project is the technological development of a new class of mechanical metamaterials, drawing inspiration from Nature for their design.
Exploiting knowledge from various disciplines (from biology to mathematics, from ocean engineering to materials science), we start from the inovative assumption that the working principle behind metamaterials is already exploited in nature and that through evolution this has led to optimised designs for wave and vibration control and impact damping.
BOHEME will take a disruptive approach for applications over various wavelength scales, from non-destructive testing to noise reduction to low-frequency vibration control (including seismic waves), to coastal protection or energy harvesting from ocean waves.

Boheme at the Festival dell'Innovazione e della Scienza in Settimo Torinese

Boheme at the Festival dell'Innovazione e della Scienza in Settimo Torinese

Project participant Federico Bosia participated in the Festival dell'Innovazione e della Scienza of Settimo Torinese, with a presentation on Materials Science, mentioning bioinspired metamaterials as new advanced materials for the future.  

"Sharper" night in Trento

Sharper Night 2021 was an exceptional opportunity to present our research to visitors of all ages. We simulated the adhesion of spider silk to surfaces involving children in a game involving weights and scotch tape. Studies of hydrophobic surfaces and molded composites were presented with observations at the microscope. Videos and images supported the introduction of metamaterials, their production and practical purposes.

Boheme on FETFX

Boheme on FETFX

New article on the FETFX website describing the goals of the BOHEME project

New publication on Advanced Functional Materials

New publication on Advanced Functional Materials

BOHEME researchers working at Politecnico di Torino and University of Trento, together by colleagues at the Universities of Groningen and Wageningen, have developed a theoretical framework in which to describe the behaviour of dissipative viscoelastic metamaterials, and verified it experimentally. The work has been published in Advanced Functional Materials

Miguel Onorato interviewed on metamaterials for prevention of coastal erosion

Miguel Onorato interviewed on metamaterials for prevention of coastal erosion

Project participant Miguel Onorato has been featured in a web interview on Compagnia di San Paolo's "Breaking Science" program, speaking on the topic of the use of metamaterials for water wave absorption  and coastal protection from erosion. 

Webinar on bioinspired metamaterials by Federico Bosia

Webinar on bioinspired metamaterials by Federico Bosia

19 February 2021. Federico Bosia participated in JORTEC (Jornadas Tecnológicas do Departamento de Ciência dos Materiais da Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia) at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa with a seminar on bioinspired metamaterials

Spider lifting mechanics

Spider lifting mechanics

Project participants Gabriele Greco and Nicola Pugno's latest paper on spider "lifting mechanics" featured on the cover of Journal of the Royal Society Interface and cited in Science and New Scientist 

Special Issue on Nature-Inspired Metamaterials

Special Issue on Nature-Inspired Metamaterials

Project participants Federico Bosia and Marco Miniaci will act as Guest Editors of a Special Issue on "Nature-Inspired Metamaterials" on the journal Applied Sciences.

New publication on Nature Communications

New publication on Nature Communications

BOHEME researchers working at Imperial College London and ETH Zuerich have developed metasurfaces that can convert Rayleigh waves to bulk waves. The work has been published in Nature Communications

Marco Miniaci receives GiovedìScienza Industry 4.0 prize

Marco Miniaci receives GiovedìScienza Industry 4.0 prize

23rd September, 2020. Project participant Marco Miniaci has been awarded the Industry 4.0 prize in the framework of the GiovedìScienza competition, by presenting his research entitled "The cloak of (elastic) invisibility: controlling the waves with metamaterials". This prize is for candidates who, in addition to the scientific merit of their work, have also developed a project proposal of particular interest for the industrial field. News report in local press and radio.

Webinar on Elastic metasurfaces by Prof. Richard Craster

Webinar on Elastic metasurfaces by Prof. Richard Craster

Project participant Richard Craster will be holding a webinar on “Elastic Metasurfaces” on 21st of July, 2020 (2 pm GMT), as part of a series of seminars organized by META-MAT

Marco Miniaci winner of MSCA 2020.HR prize

Marco Miniaci winner of MSCA 2020.HR prize

BOHEME participant Marco Miniaci winner of the MSCA2020.HR award (Impact of MSCA on fellows’ career development for experienced researchers)

Webinar on Bio-inspired metamaterials by Marco Miniaci

Webinar on Bio-inspired metamaterials by Marco Miniaci

Project participant Marco Miniaci will be holding a webinar on “Bio-inspired hierarchical metamaterials” on 16th June 2020 (2 pm GMT), part of a series of seminars organized by META-MAT.

New publication on Nature Communications

New publication on Nature Communications

BOHEME researchers working at Politecnico di Torino, CNRS and EMPA have developed metamaterials that can be tuned by light. The work has been published in Nature Communications

 

FET OPEN on Bio-inspired Metamaterials coordinated by University of Trento

FET OPEN on Bio-inspired Metamaterials coordinated by University of Trento

Prof. Pugno on the regional TV news Buongiorno Regione Trentino Alto Adige (20:50) and TGR Trentino (08:10) talking about BOHEME - Bio-Inspired Hierarchical MetaMaterials, 31 January 2020.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 863179.
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