Frontier for Advanced Materials Design : Unearthing the Secrets to Extraordinary Mechanical Properties of Nacre , a Biological Nanocomposite

Nacre the inner iridescent layer of molluscan seashells is a model biomimetic system for design of next generation nanocomposites. Here, we present results of multiscale modelling and experimental investigation of the mechanics of nacre. The structure of nacre which is an organized polygonal laminated platelet structure at the micrometer length scale, is… (More)