Strong, tough and stiff bioinspired ceramics from brittle constituents.

@article{Bouville2014StrongTA,
  title={Strong, tough and stiff bioinspired ceramics from brittle constituents.},
  author={Florian Bouville and Eric Maire and Sylvain Meille and Bertrand Van de Moort{\`e}le and Adam J. Stevenson and Sylvain Deville},
  journal={Nature materials},
  year={2014},
  volume={13 5},
  pages={
          508-14
        }
}
High strength and high toughness are usually mutually exclusive in engineering materials. In ceramics, improving toughness usually relies on the introduction of a metallic or polymeric ductile phase, but this decreases the material's strength and stiffness as well as its high-temperature stability. Although natural materials that are both strong and tough rely on a combination of mechanisms operating at different length scales, the relevant structures have been extremely difficult to replicate… 

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