Revolutionary Bio-Inspired Material Features Superior Anti-Penetration Properties and Flexibility

A joint research team from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and theMassachusetts Institute of Technology has drawn inspiration from fish scales to create a radical material which balances outstanding anti-penetration characteristics with flexibility.

This exceptional material has the potential for applications in the manufacture of space suits capable of withstanding micro-meteorites and radiation during spacewalks, and also for bulletproof clothing for military personnel.

The research findings, containing details about the properties, uses and test results of this novel material, were published online by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s technology journal Soft Matter on February 20. The research was led by the head of the Technion’s Mechanics of Soft Materials Laboratory, Assistant Professor Stephan Rudykh. … (read more)