Next-gen materials represent major scientific breakthroughs in materials science. Though companies like E-Plas are already using advanced plastics in industrial applications, science marches ever onward. In laboratories across the globe, scientists are developing materials that exhibit profoundly useful properties which do not occur naturally. Decades of research are often involved in their creation, and the potential exhibited by the results is something truly extraordinary. Here are four next-gen materials which could quite literally save us all, if only from ourselves.
Auxetic Materials Respond Well Under Pressure
When stretching force is applied to an auxetic material, it reacts by growing thicker perpendicular to the direction of that force. In other words, the more force you apply, the more resistance it offers. This family of materials is expected to be viable for commercial production within the next two to three years, and its applications are many: body armor, impact-resistant vehicles, sports medicine, and even more absorbent sponges are just a few of its countless viable prospects.
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