Researchers have created a strong and flexible, nacre-like material suited to aircraft and biomedical applications. Posted May 27 2003
http://www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=112 | 14 Nov 2003
In addition to its iridescent beauty, mother of pearl, or nacre, the inner
lining of the shells of abalone, mussels and certain other mollusks, is also
renowned for an amazing strength and...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=8888 | 25 Nov 2008
Iridescence, or sheen that shifts color depending on your viewing angle, is pretty in peacock feathers. But it's been a nuisance for engineers trying to mimic the birds' unique color...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=26537 | 6 Feb 2013
Nacre, commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent material lining many mollusk shells.
It is part of a two-layer armor system that protects the animal from predators. The brittle outer...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=21481 | 4 Feb 2011
By mimicking a brick-and-mortar molecular structure found in
seashells, University of Michigan researchers created a composite
plastic that's as strong as steel but lighter and transparent.
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=5066 | 5 Oct 2007
With applications spanning from non-shrink dental fillings to DNA-drugs the so-called dendrimers are a near magical material. Now a chemist from the University of Copenhagen has vowed to make the...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=26323 | 11 Jan 2013
Life on earth began more than three billion years ago.
Evolution had almost as much time to optimize biominerals like bone,
dental enamel or mother-of-pearl. These composite materials produced...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=6058 | 12 Mar 2008
In a sweeping review of the field of bio-inspired engineering and biomimicry in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal Science, two engineers at the University of California, San Diego, identify three...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=26625 | 15 Feb 2013