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Thermal spray fabricates nature-inspired ceramic composites that mimic nacre

By April Gocha / July 6, 2015

Researchers from Stony Brook University have recently reported the ability to use thermal-sprayed ceramic deposits as templates for synthesis of ceramic–polymer composites with striking microstructural similarity and mechanical behavior similar to those observed in nacre.

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Unique crystals prevent crack propagation and bestow strength to ancient Roman concrete

By April Gocha / January 6, 2015

A new study confirms that unique aluminum-containing crystals that form in Roman concrete are behind the material’s robust strength and durability.

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