Tough, Bio-Inspired Hybrid Materials

@article{Munch2008ToughBH,
  title={Tough, Bio-Inspired Hybrid Materials},
  author={{\'E}. Munch and M. Launey and D. Alsem and E. Saiz and A. Tomsia and R. Ritchie},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={322},
  pages={1516 - 1520}
}
The notion of mimicking natural structures in the synthesis of new structural materials has generated enormous interest but has yielded few practical advances. Natural composites achieve strength and toughness through complex hierarchical designs that are extremely difficult to replicate synthetically. We emulate nature's toughening mechanisms by combining two ordinary compounds, aluminum oxide and polymethyl methacrylate, into ice-templated structures whose toughness can be more than 300 times… Expand
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