Abalone

Little crystals all aligned

Strong and tough material

Fake nacre you shine!

Related links:

Le Ferrand, H., Bouville, F., Niebel, T. & Studart, A.R. Magnetically assisted slip casting of bioinspired heterogeneous composites, Nature Materials, 2015, 14, 1172-1179 http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v14/n11/abs/nmat4419.html

Sun, J. & Bhushan, B. Hierarchical structure and mechanical properties of nacre: a review, RSC Advances, 2012, 2, 7617-7632 http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2012/ra/c2ra20218b/unauth#!divAbstract

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