Symposium KK: Structure-Property Relationships in Biomineralized and Bio-mimetic Composites
MATERIALS RESEARCH SOCIETY WARRENDALE PA
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Current world technologies and environments rely in large measure upon a growing need for the development of new structural materials with high strength and durability, toughness, light weight, low cost, and complete recyclability. Such materials may be derived synthetically, but Nature has evolved efficient strategies, exemplified in the mineralized tissues of numerous species, that have led to lowweight structural materials that exhibit exceptional strength, durability, and other unique and important properties. In these biomineralized systems, minerals and proteins or additional molecules exist in close proximity and at a various length scales, through their hierarchical structure from nano- to microscale dimensions. Interactions at these inorganic-organic interfaces are vital to the functions of a great variety of structural materials and biological tissues found in the biosphere, including, for example, the shells of mollusks and the bones and teeth of vertebrates.
- Laminates and Composite Materials