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Wen Yang, Irene H. Chen, Bernd Gludovatz, Elizabeth A. Zimmermann, Robert O. Ritchie and Marc A. Meyers Natural Flexible Dermal Armor Advanced Materials 25

Version of Record online: 15 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201202713

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Many animal species, including fish, reptiles, and mammals, have armor that offers both protection against predators without sacrificing flexibility. This flexible armor has appeared independently through convergent evolution. We discuss the underlying principles and review the principal contributions. The concept of flexible armor presents a bright potential for synthetic bioinspired systems.

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