A cross-section through a shell showing the periodically layered nacre on top of a prismatic shell structure. Credit: © Igor Zlotnikov Mollusks build shells to protect their soft tissues from predators. Nacre, also known as the mother of pearl, has an intricate, highly regular structure that makes it an incredibly […]

Janus particles under the electron microscope. The titanium dioxide microswimmers are barely larger than one micrometer. Copyright: Simmchen Group TU Dresden Freigeist fellow Dr Juliane Simmchen is investigating with her multidisciplinary junior research group the motion of synthetic microswimmers in liquids. Her goal is to enable these inanimate microparticles to […]