Crystal structure characterization of nautilus shell at different length scales

Rodrigo Rafael Velázquez-Castillo, Jose Reyes-Gasga, Domingo I. García-Gutierrez, Miguel Jose-Yacaman

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In this work, we studied the shell structure of the Nautilus pompilius Linnaeus by using analytical techniques of scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction. The main objective of this study is the structural characterization of Nautilus shell at different length levels, from micron to nano-scale. The results were also used to try to determine the shell structure mechanism of formation. The information obtained in this work will place our particular knowledge a closer step to understand how self-assembly works in nature, and will increase the opportunities of using this information in the future synthesis of new advanced materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4508-4517
Number of pages10
Issue number25
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Nautilus shell
  • SEM
  • TEM
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Bioengineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials


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