Steven Herrera, US (West Coast)
Steven is a California native. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2012 with a major in Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology concentration. He has been a part of Dr Kisailus' Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials lab for the last three and a half years. Last summer, he was a co-author on a Science publication entitled 'The Stomatopod Dactyl Club: A Formidable Damage-Tolerant Biological Hammer'.
Steve also spent a summer at the Mingchi University of Technology Materials Lab in Taiwan getting acquainted with CVD and solar cell research. He looks forward to continuing his education in the Materials Science and Engineering programme at UC Riverside in 2013.
Stomatopods: Gladiator shrimp and advanced composites
The stomatopod is a fearsome predator that has had 500 million years to develop a complex hammer-like appendage to smash through the shells of its prey. Stomatopod cuticle is characterised by a hierarchically arranged chitin fiber scaffold, mineralized predominately by hydrated calcium carbonate and/or calcium phosphate. The structural organisation of the mineral and organic within the cuticle occurs over multiple length scales, resulting in a biological composite with exceptional mechanical properties. The lessons learned from the ultrastructural architecture of the mantis shrimps dactyl club are being applied to fiber reinforced composite design.