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Biological Design for Simultaneous Optical Transparency and Mechanical Robustness in the Shell of Placuna placenta

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  • Ling Li,

    1. Room 13-4022, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA 02139, USA
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  • Christine Ortiz

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    1. Room 13-4022, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA 02139, USA
    • Room 13-4022, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA 02139, USA.
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Abstract

The flat circular-shaped shells from Placenta placenta demonstrate high optical transparency in the visible light range while still maintaining mechanical robustness. The optical and mechanical design of this mineralized material system in correlation to its multiscale structural and crystallographical features are discussed in detail through both experimental and theoretical approaches.

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