facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

World's lightest material invented

Nov. 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM   |   Comments

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have invented a material that is the lightest on Earth, 100 times lighter than Styrofoam.

The material was developed by a research team consisting of scientists at the University of California, Irvine, HRL Laboratories and Caltech, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

The material has been dubbed "ultralight metallic microlattice," and consists of 99.99 percent air thanks to its "microlattice" cellular architecture, a UC Irvine release said.

"The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair," lead author Tobias Shandler said in the release.

The material may have use in the aerospace industry, acoustic dampening and perhaps some battery applications, the researchers said.

The announcement of the material was published in the journal Science.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Next-generation space suits will be like second skin Next-generation space suits will be like second skin
2
Ship sunk off coast of Texas to create artificial reef Ship sunk off coast of Texas to create artificial reef
3
Report: Facebook Messenger app is loaded with spyware Report: Facebook Messenger app is loaded with spyware
4
2014 summer was hottest on record, NOAA says 2014 summer was hottest on record, NOAA says
5
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to join climate march U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to join climate march
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback