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Oyster shells inspire new method to make super-strong, flexible polymers
June 7, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated a new technique inspired by the nacre of oyster shells, a composite material that has extraordinary mechanical properties, including great strength and resilience. By changing the crystallization speed of a polymer initially well-mixed with nanoparticles, the team was able to control how the nanoparticles self-assemble into structures at three different length scale regimes.
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