Apr 23, 2019

Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

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The strongest synthetic materials are often those that intentionally mimic nature.

One natural substance scientists have looked to in creating is , also known as mother-of-pearl. An exceptionally tough, stiff material produced by some mollusks and serving as their inner shell layer, it also comprises the outer layer of pearls, giving them their lustrous shine.

But while nacre’s make it an ideal inspiration in the creation of synthetic , most methods used to produce artificial nacre are complex and energy intensive.

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