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
Graphene has proven itself as a wonder material with a vast range of unique properties. Among the least-known marvels of graphene is its strange love affair with water.
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=29392 | 14 Feb 2014
"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=31091 | 18 Sep 2014
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
Nature packs away carbon in chalk, shells and rocks made by marine organisms that crystallize calcium carbonate. Now, research suggests that the soft, organic scaffolds in which such crystals form...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=31956 | 28 Jan 2015
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