Insights from the Plant World: A Fractal Analysis Approach to Tune Mechanical Rigidity of Scaffolding Matrix in Thin Films

@article{Bagchi2016InsightsFT,
  title={Insights from the Plant World: A Fractal Analysis Approach to Tune Mechanical Rigidity of Scaffolding Matrix in Thin Films},
  author={Debjani Bagchi and Avik Dasgupta and Amit D. Gondaliya and Kishore Rajput},
  journal={Advanced Materials Research},
  year={2016},
  volume={1141},
  pages={57 - 64}
}
Using a fractal analysis approach to study plant leaf venation and stem sections, we find that plants use very intelligent scaffolding strategies to tune mechanical strength of leaves and stems. Within plant organs, specialized types of tissues with different mechanical properties have evolved. Ideally, the biopolymers cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin present in plant cell walls confer mechanical rigidity to plant tissues, but our studies reveal that the manner these biopolymers are… Expand