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 - 23 Jan 2015
Natural materials have extraordinary mechanical properties, which are based on sophisticated arrangements and combinations of multiple building blocks. One key aspect of today’s materials...
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 - 18 Sep 2008
A two-year grant is allowing researchers at UCR's Bourns College of Engineering to unlock the secrets behind the enormous strength of the inner pearly layer (nacre) of the abalone shell so it can...
News - 6 Sep 2010
Unlike most biological membranes, polymeric, nanometer-thin membranes are very stable and can withstand considerable pressure.
This is an essential requirements for separation processes such as in...
News - 24 Apr 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that display both high electrical conductivity and a level 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 - 24 Mar 2010
The Molecular materials research group within the Department of Applied Physics in collaboration with VTT and Royal Institute of Technology show the first example of light-weight but mechanically...
News - 18 Sep 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...