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Ultra strong, lightweight material developed

Posted on Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 | Comment icon 8 comments

A 3D printed example of the new material's geometric configuration. Image Credit: Melanie Gonick / MIT
A team of researchers at MIT have designed a new super-strong and lightweight 3D form of graphene.
The two-dimensional form of graphene is widely considered to be one of the strongest materials known to science, but turning it in to a strong and lightweight three-dimensional material has long proven to be a challenge.

Now though, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may have finally found the answer in the form of a new sponge-like material that possesses ten times the strength of steel despite being only five percent as dense.

Crucially however its strength appears to have more to do with its unique geometric configuration than the material from which it is made, meaning that it may also be possible to create other strong and lightweight materials without even having to use graphene.

The research, which was published in the journal Science Advances, is outlined in the video below.

Source: MIT | Comments (8)

Tags: Graphene

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by badeskov on 10 January, 2017, 18:13
Very promising! Graphene seems to be of many uses. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #2 Posted by herbygant on 10 January, 2017, 20:35
Comment icon #3 Posted by Parsec on 10 January, 2017, 21:31
Indeed. It's a shame that after all these years of discoveries and fabulous applications, for its commercial use I'm still stuck with only my pencil.
Comment icon #4 Posted by badeskov on 10 January, 2017, 21:42
True Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #5 Posted by brlesq1 on 11 January, 2017, 13:44
Imagine what we could build out of that.
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 11 January, 2017, 13:56
Maybe they can make carrier bags out of it, those bags for life are not lasting as long as I expected, I was hoping they would out live me, and so far, none have.
Comment icon #7 Posted by seanjo on 11 January, 2017, 19:20
Taking British innovation and developing it some more....excellent...
Comment icon #8 Posted by NightScreams on 12 January, 2017, 1:02
How light exactly? They didn't say.

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