Article - 14 Nov 2003
Researchers have created a strong and flexible, nacre-like material suited to aircraft and biomedical applications. Posted May 27 2003
News - 25 Nov 2008
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 toughness...
News - 11 Jan 2013
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...
News - 28 Jan 2015
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...
News - 25 Sep 2015
Chemists at LMU have fabricated a novel nanosheet-based photonic crystal that changes color in response to moisture. The new material could form the basis for humidity-sensitive contactless control of...
News - 14 Feb 2014
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.
Graphene is hydrophobic...
News - 6 Feb 2013
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 mechanism...
News - 4 Feb 2011
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...
News - 12 Mar 2008
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 by...
News - 5 Oct 2007
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...