A UCR researcher is taking inspiration from the teeth of a marine snail to build the technology that could lead to more efficient solar cells, fast-charging batteries, and abrasion-resistant clothing (Image: UCR)
A series of images that show the teeth of the chiton (Image: UCR)
Inspired by the tough teeth of a marine snail and the remarkable process by which they form, assistant professor David Kisailus at the University of California, Riverside is working toward building cheaper, more efficient nanomaterials. By achieving greater control over the low-temperature growth of nanocrystals, his research could improve the performance of solar cells and lithium-ion batteries, lead to higher-performance materials for car and airplane frames, and help develop abrasion-resistant materials that could be used for anything from specialized clothing to dental drills.
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