Biomimetics | Bruker


Quantitative Nanomechanical Characterization of Biocomposites

The natural world contains a variety of materials with extraordinary properties. Some natural materials contain unique combinations of strength, stiffness, hardness, toughness, and density that are beyond those of their engineered counterparts with similar phase compositions. Biomimetics is the science of reverse engineering natural materials by understanding the microstructures and mechanisms that contribute to their superior mechanical performance and duplicating them with artificially synthesized materials.

Nanomechanical testing techniques are ideal for characterizing the hierarchical structures of complex biological tissues. By allowing highly localized mechanical property measurements, nanoindentation provides key quantitative structure-function-mechanical property relationships of biocomposites. Knowledge of these relationships over the nanometer and micrometer length scales is critical for the biomimetic inspired design of tomorrow’s materials.

Application Notes

Standalone Test Equipment for Biomimetics Research

Hysitron TI 980 TriboIndenter | Bruker

TI 980 TriboIndenter

Bruker's most advanced nanomechanical and nanotribological test instrument, operating at the intersection of maximum performance, flexibility, reliability, sensitivity and speed.

Hysitron TI 950 TriboIndenter | Bruker

TI 950 TriboIndenter

Versatile nanomechanical and nanotribological test instrument, supporting a broad range of hybrid and correlative characterization techniques.

Hysitron TI Premier | Bruker

TI Premier

Dedicated nanomechanical test instruments, providing an essential toolkit for nanoscale mechanical characterization within a compact platform.

Microscope Instruments for Biomimetics Research

Hysitron PI 85L SEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 85L SEM PicoIndenter

Depth-sensing nanomechanical test instrument that can be interfaced with scanning electron microscopes (SEM).

Hysitron PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter

Bruker’s comprehensive nanomechanical test instrument for SEM and FIB/SEM, featuring our full suite of techniques.


Hysitron PI 95 TEM PicoIndenter | Bruker

PI 95 TEM PicoIndenter

The first full-fledged depth-sensing indenter capable of direct-observation nanomechanical testing inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM).


Hysitron TS 75 TriboScope | Bruker

TS 75 TriboScope

Quantitative, rigid-probe nanoindentation and nanotribological characterization on your existing AFM.

Hysitron BioSoft In-Situ Indenter | Bruker

BioSoft In-Situ Indenter

The first of its kind instrument for multiscale quantitative mechanical testing of biological materials and hydrogels.