New material

22nd November 2011

A team of scientists in the US have developed a new material that is the lightest on earth - so light in fact that it can be balanced on top of a dandelion without damaging it. What is amazingly unique about this material is that it is still dense and strong - yet so light and is capable of keeping its form even after intense pressure. It is even lighter the aerogel or frozen smoke as it is known. With a density of 0.9 mg/cc it is approximately one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam™

Called the Ultralight Metallic Microlattice it is a combination of nickel and air. Lorenzo Valdevit one of the scientists behind the invention explains that, 'materials actually get stronger as the dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale. Combine this with the possibility of tailoring the architecture of the micro-lattice and you have a unique cellular material.'

Although early in its developments such a material will have a huge impact on truly making products ultra lightweight

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