Nano-structured materials are used in electronics, diagnostics, therapeutics, smart packaging, energy management and textiles, areas critical for society and quality of life. However, their fabrication often places high demands on limited natural resources. Accordingly, renewable sources for the feedstocks used in their production are highly desirable. We demonstrate the use of readily available biopolymers derived from maize (zein), milk (casein) and malacostraca (crab-shell derived chitin) in conjunction with sacrificial templates, self-assembled monodisperse latex beads and anodized aluminium membranes, for producing robust surfaces coated with highly regular hyperporous networks or wire-like morphological features, respectively. The utility of this facile strategy for nano-structuring of biopolymers was demonstrated in a surface based-sensing application, where biotin-selective binding sites were generated in the zein-based nano-structured hyperporous network.