Thermochromic artificial nacre based on montmorillonite

Jingsong Peng, Yiren Cheng, Antoni P. Tomsia, Lei Jiang, Qunfeng Cheng

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Nacre-inspired nanocomposites have attracted a great deal of attention in recent years because of their special mechanical properties and universality of the underlying principles of materials engineering. The ability to respond to external stimuli will augment the high toughness and high strength of artificial nacre-like composites and open new technological horizons for these materials. Herein, we fabricated robust artificial nacre based on montmorillonite (MMT) that combines robustness with reversible thermochromism. Our artificial nacre shows great potential in various fields such as aerospace and sensors and opens an avenue to fabricate artificial nacre responsive to other external stimuli in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24993-24998
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • artificial nacre
  • montmorillonite
  • nanocomposite
  • robust
  • thermochromic

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