Inside Front Cover: Effects of Laminate Architecture on Fracture Resistance of Sponge Biosilica: Lessons from Nature (Adv. Funct. Mater. 8/2008)

Authors

  • Ali Miserez,

    1. Materials Department University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA)
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  • James C. Weaver,

    1. Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA)
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  • Philipp J. Thurner,

    1. Bioengineering Science Research Group School of Engineering Science University of Southampton Highfield, Southampton, S017, 1BJ (U.K.)
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  • Joanna Aizenberg,

    1. Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA)
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  • Yannicke Dauphin,

    1. University UMR IDES University of Paris-Sud Orsay, 91405 (France)
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  • Peter Fratzl,

    1. Department of Biomaterials Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Potsdam 14424 (Germany)
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  • Daniel E. Morse,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA)
    • Daniel E. Morse, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA).===

      Frank W. Zok, Materials Department University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA).===

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  • Frank W. Zok

    Corresponding author
    1. Materials Department University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA)
    • Daniel E. Morse, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA).===

      Frank W. Zok, Materials Department University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (USA).===

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Abstract

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Flexible anchor spicules of Monorhaphis chuni (foreground) consist of thin concentric layers of hydrated silica and proteinaceous material (background). Indentation fracture tests demonstrate that the laminate architecture is responsible for significant enhancements in resistance to crack initiation and subsequent propagation, in work reported by Frank Zok, Dan Morse, and co-workers on p. 1241.

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