A novel biomimetic material duplicating the structure and mechanics of natural nacre

@inproceedings{Barthelata2011ANB,
  title={A novel biomimetic material duplicating the structure and mechanics of natural nacre},
  author={Francois Barthelata and Deju Zhu},
  year={2011}
}
  • Francois Barthelata, Deju Zhu
  • Published 2011
Nacre from mollusk shell is a high-performance natural composite composed of microscopic mineral tablets bonded by a tough biopolymer. Under tensile stress, the tablets slide on one another in a highly controlled fashion, which makes nacre 3000 times tougher than the mineral it is made of. Significant efforts have led to nacre-like materials, but none can yet match this amount of toughness amplification. This article presents the first synthetic material that successfully duplicates the… CONTINUE READING
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