The hierarchical architecture of nacre and its mimetic material

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(Figure Presented) Mother-of-pearl has a three-level nanoscopic-to- macroscopic hierarchical architecture, which provides storage for organic molecules at the nanoscale. A material that mimics the hierarchical architecture and nanostorage properties of nacre emerges from the simple crystallization of potassium sulfate and poly(acrylic acid) (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6571-6575
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 14


  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Biomimetic synthesis
  • Crystal growth
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid composites
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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