Smart material
Smart materials are designed materials that have one or more properties that can be significantly changed in a controlled fashion by external stimuli, such as stress, temperature, moisture, pH, electr...
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New High Tech Compact Materials
Material Designer, have develop a new type of countertop materials derived from Grapheno composites. This opens a new wide range of applications for the building industries...
Revolutionary material
This orange goo may look squishy, but it’s the key ingredient in armor used to protect football players and soldiers.
These Textiles Respond to Light
Programmable window shades could open and close with the light without robotics. (via Seeker)
This New Graphene Material Called Diamene Turns Harder Than Diamond When It's Hit By A Bullet
Scientists have created a new material called diamene, which promises to be as flexible as tin foil but hard enough to stop a bullet....
The Strange Behaviour Of Auxetic Foams
Using high resolution to understand the auxetic behaviour of a foam. As the foam is stretched it expands rather than contracts laterally
'Water-oozing' nanorods could be used to harvest water from the air
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory accidentally created nanorods that expel water as humidity rises.
Spider Silk Inspires Creation of ‘Liquid Wire’
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown property of spider silk, and used it to create a remarkable new “hybrid” material. The new bio-inspired thread, which acts like both a solid and a liqui...
It’s like staring ‘into a black hole’: World’s darkest material will be used to make very stealthy aircraft, better telescopes
At a nondescript industrial park in south England, scientists have created a new super-black material -- fashioned out of carbon nanotubes -- that is so dark it's like
Material May Offer Cheaper Alternative To Smart Windows
If you’ve ever blown up a balloon or pulled at a pair of pantyhose, you may have noticed that the more the material stretches, the more transparent it becomes. It’s a simple enough observation: the th...
Researchers Make Thinnest Plates That Can Be Picked Up By Hand
Scientists and engineers are engaged in a global race to make new materials that are as thin, light and strong as possible. These properties can be achieved by designing materials at the atomic level,...
New ‘Self-Healing’ Gel Makes Electronics More Flexible
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development o...
Breakthrough - Scientists Develop World's First Porous Liquid
Scientists recently announced in the journal Nature that they had developed the world's first 'porous liquid' that could potentially help reduce carbon emissions.
What the Heck is a Porous Liquid?
Scientists at the Queen’s University Belfast have just invented the world’s first “porous liquid,” and it’s being hailed as a major breakthrough. But what on Earth is it?
4-D Technology Allows Self-Folding Of Complex Objects
The technology, developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), could be used to create 3-D structures that sequentially f...
Self-Repairing Material Could Prevent Spaceship Catastrophes
Orbiting the Earth is a bit like living in a minefield, with millions of tiny flecks of space junk whizzing about at thousands of miles per hour. If a rice-sized pellet whacked into the International ...
Shape memory alloy
A shape-memory alloy (SMA, smart metal, memory metal, memory alloy, muscle wire, smart alloy) is an alloy that "remembers" its original shape and that when deformed returns to its pre-deformed shape w...
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Smartdust
Smartdust is a system of many tiny microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) such as sensors, robots, or other devices, that can detect, for example, light, temperature, vibration, magnetism, or chemicals...
Smart fluid
A smart fluid is a fluid whose properties (for example the viscosity) can be changed by applying an electric field or a magnetic field.The most developed smart fluids today are fluids whose viscosity ...
Smart rubber
Smart rubber is a polymeric material that is able to "heal" when torn. Near room temperature this process is reversible and can be cycled several times. Supramolecular self-healing rubber can be proc...
Self-healing material
Self-healing materials are a class of smart materials that have the structurally incorporated ability to repair damage caused by mechanical usage over time. The inspiration comes from biological syste...
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Smart glass
Smart glass or switchable glass — also called smart windows or switchable windows in its application to windows or skylights — refers to glass or glazing that changes light transmission p...
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Self-cleaning glass
Self-cleaning glass is a specific type of glass with a surface that keeps itself free of dirt and grime.
The field of self-cleaning coatings on glass is divided into two categories: hydrophobic an...
Programmable matter
Programmable matter is matter which has the ability to change its physical properties (shape, density, moduli, conductivity, optical properties, etc.) in a programmable fashion, based upon user input ...
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Chromism
In chemistry, chromism is a process that induces a change, often reversible, in the colors of compounds. In most cases, chromism is based on a change in the electron states of molecules, especially th...
Active Disassembly
Active Disassembly (AD) is a developing technology which is associated with the term Active Disassembly using Smart Materials (ADSM)
Smart materials such as shape memory alloys (SMA) are now offer...
Small motor made with dielectric elastomer actuators - YouTube
Mar 10, 2013 ... Motor based on dielectric elastomer actuators. The first part of the movie shows the activation of each phase, creating a circular translation of ...
Quantum well
A quantum well is a potential well with only discrete energy values.One technology to create a quantum well is to confine particles, which were originally free to move in three dimensions, to two dime...
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Synthetic biology
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary branch of biology, combining disciplines such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology and biophysics, and is in many ways r...
Electrochromism
Electrochromism is the phenomenon displayed by some materials of reversibly changing color when a burst of charge is applied. Various types of materials and structures can be used to construct electr...