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March 18th, 2010

Tough Coatings for Airplanes

Abstract:

In the journal Nano Letters, researchers at the Helsinki University of Science and Technology describe a process for combining strong, disc-shaped clay platelets with the soft polymer polyvinyl alcohol. When mixed together in water, the polymer coats the discs to create a slurry that can be made into paper or painted over a surface such as a wall. The resulting paper or coating is made up of discs of the so-called nanoclay stacked in rows like plates in a cupboard with the polymer surrounding them, a structure very similar to that found in nacre.

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