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Bioinspired ceramics

Turning brittleness into toughness

Nacre-like bulk ceramics with a unique combination of high toughness, strength and stiffness can be produced from brittle constituents by an ice-templating approach.

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Figure 1: Natural nacreous composites and bioinspired ceramics.
Figure 2: Mechanical properties of the bioinspired nacre-like alumina ceramics of Deville and colleagues4.

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Studart, A. Turning brittleness into toughness. Nature Mater 13, 433–435 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3955

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