New Center for Evolutionary Materials fosters bio-inspired design

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The new system-wide UMass Center for Evolutionary Materials will be a home for researchers from many fields who are interested in pursuing bio-inspired technologies to create new designs and products to benefit people and the environment.

Co-director Duncan Irschick, Biology, says the center will “engage people on a deep level of bio-inspiration, not as a buzz word but as a kind of intellectual playground for unstructured creativity. Such centers can be useful to foster collaborations.” Irschick co-directs the center with Al Crosby, Polymer Sciences, with whom he created Geckskin.

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