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Yuya Oaki and Hiroaki Imai The Hierarchical Architecture of Nacre and Its Mimetic Material Angewandte Chemie International Edition 44

Article first published online: 15 SEP 2005 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200500338

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Mother-of-pearl has a three-level nanoscopic-to-macroscopic hierarchical architecture, which provides storage for organic molecules at the nanoscale. A material that mimics the hierarchical architecture and nanostorage properties of nacre emerges from the simple crystallization of potassium sulfate and poly(acrylic acid) (see picture).

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