Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center

The University of Akron (UA) Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is an internationally recognized leader in the rapidly growing field of biomimicry. BRIC is dedicated to connecting artists, businesspeople, designers, engineers and scientists to catalyze biomimicry-based innovation. Interdisciplinary research projects draw inspiration from organisms as diverse as ants, bacteria, birds, cacti, fish, flies, geckos, mussels, snakes and spiders to inform the development of permanent/reversible adhesives, building construction techniques, color-producing additives/structures, robotic actuators/control systems, thermal management systems, water harvesting/repellent materials and more. Beyond research, BRIC activities include training next generation innovators by developing and implementing undergraduate- and graduate-level curricula, promoting awareness of biomimicry through public seminars, and, accelerating innovation through co-delivery of professional services with Great Lakes Biomimicry. BRIC’s vision is for biomimicry to become a driver for sustainable economic development in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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Services

With our strategic partner, Great Lakes Biomimicry, we offer: Professional Education, Innovation Services, and Biomimicry Fellow Sponsorship Opportunities. Independently, BRIC offers Biomimicry Design Challenge Sponsorship Opportunities and Research and Testing Services.

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News 

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12/02/2019
A Close Look at a Sticky Situation

New Research Finds Missing Link between Soft Surface Adhesion and Surface Roughness

11/26/2019
Harvesting fog can provide fresh water in desert regions

Phys.org - Assistant Professor Hunter King and Aida Shahrokhian, a graduate student in King's research group, are collaborating in research to develop freshwater supplies in arid climates.

10/29/2019
UA professor says snakes are key to better-moving robots

The physics of underwater locomotion is at the center of Assistant Professor Henry Astley's research. Astley was awarded the two-year EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant from the National Science Foundation to study this phenomenon

10/25/2019
Spiders, Quantum Supremacy, Missouri Runoff. Oct 25, 2019, Part 1

WNYC StudiosSarah Han, a doctoral candidate and biomimicry fellow at UA's Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), spoke about her research on the triangle weaver spider on the nationally syndicated National Public Radio (NPR) radio program, "Science Friday." Han's interview is available at minute 25:00 of the program.

09/30/2019
Bird feathers inspire research on structural colors
Research inspired by such bird feathers could lead to the production of more vivid colors in such things as cosmetics and wide-angle displays on tablets and televisions.

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Grad Fellowships

The Biomimicry Fellowship Program, launched in collaboration with Great Lakes Biomimicry in 2012, is a training program for next generation innovators. Biomimicry Fellows are UA doctoral students who are supported through industrial assistantships with organizational sponsors, rather than through teaching assistantships or research grants. Over the course of a typical five-year doctoral program, Biomimicry Fellows dedicate up to 20 hours per week to advancing biomimicry initiatives within their sponsoring organizations.

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Undergrad Certificate

The University of Akron's Undergraduate Certificate in Biomimicry is interdisciplinary and open to all majors. It is designed to give students training and experience in the theory, methods, and practice of seeking inspiration from living systems to solve technical challenges. Undergrads seeking a certificate will work with peers and faculty from departments including biology, art, engineering, and business to develop a skillset enabling problem-solving in a variety of contexts where innovation and sustainability are desired outcomes.

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