Californian scientists have presented a revolutionary material which could be of great benefit in high-tech devices, automobiles and space engines.
Scientists working for the Hughes Research Laboratories in California, The California Institute of Technology and the University of California have developed a new material which they have named Micro-Lattice metal.
Built from an interlinked hollow tube lattice having a wall thickness nearly 1000 times lesser than human hair width, this material has been presented as highly absorbent in compression recovery, with a strong resistance against squeezing (it retakes 98% of its initial form when it has been squeezed to 50% of its size) and is very light weigh (a thousand times lighter than water, as it is constituted from 99.99% air). It is therefore a very promising material.
Proof of its light weight, it is possible to pose a piece of Micro-Lattice metal on a dandelion (click to enlarge)
Resistant to a 50% squeeze (click to enlarge)
It could therefore be of use in the manufacture of high-tech devices, automobiles and space engines, as this will provide a lighter material which is as resistant as more traditional metals. It could also be of use in batteries as this could provide greater autonomy thanks to the improved density. We will have to wait a few years to see how this new revolutionary material is presented, and what markets and industry uses are found for it.