Publications

This page lists most of our publications starting from 2014.

Total: ca. 150 Publications

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Supramolecular Control of Stiffness and Strength in Lightweight High-Performance Nacre-mimetic Paper

Get the full paper here: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 6448 (2010). Taking the heat: Hard/soft core/shell colloidal building blocks allow large-scale self-assembly to form nacre-mimetic paper. The strength and stiffness of this material can be tailored by supramolecular ionic bonds. These lightweight biomimetic materials show excellent and tunable mechanical properties and heat and fire-shielding capabilities.

Large-Area, Lightweight and Thick Biomimetic Composites with Superior Material Properties via Fast,

Get the full paper here: Nano Letters, 10, 2742 (2010). Although remarkable success has been achieved to mimic the mechanically excellent structure of nacre in laboratory-scale models, it remains difficult to foresee mainstream applications due to time-consuming sequential depositions or energy-intensive processes. Here, we introduce a surprisingly simple and rapid methodology for large-area, lightweight, and thick nacre-mimetic films and laminates with superior material properties. Nanoclay sheets with soft polymer coatings are used as ideal building blocks with intrinsic hard/soft character. They are forced to rapidly self-assemble into aligned nacre-mimetic films via paper-making, doctor-

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