Synergistic toughening of bioinspired poly(vinyl alcohol)-clay- nanofibrillar cellulose artificial nacre

Jianfeng Wang, Qunfeng Cheng, Ling Lin, Lei Jiang

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Inspired by the layered aragonite platelet/nanofibrillar chitin/protein ternary structure and integration of extraordinary strength and toughness of natural nacre, artificial nacre based on clay platelet/nanofibrillar cellulose/poly(vinyl alcohol) is constructed through an evaporation-induced self-assembly technique. The synergistic toughening effect from clay platelets and nanofibrillar cellulose is successfully demonstrated. The artificial nacre achieves an excellent balance of strength and toughness and a fatigue-resistant property, superior to natural nacre and other conventional layered clay/polymer binary composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2739-2745
Number of pages7
JournalACS Nano
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • artificial nacre
  • bioinspired
  • clay
  • mechanical properties
  • synergistic toughening

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