Inside Cover: (ChemSusChem 10/2011)


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Nature is a great school for materials science. Materials found in nature have many inspiring structures, such as hierarchical organizations, periodic architectures, or nanostructures, which endow them with amazing functions, such as energy harvesting and conversion, antireflection, or others. Biotemplated materials with structural specialty, complexity, and related unique functions could be applied for areas of energy and environment technologies with enhanced performances. Furthermore, many useful prototypes of nature could be used for the biomimetic design of novel materials or systems for a sustainable world.