Nothing New Under the Sun? Not So. Monday, October 25, 2010
TAU develops new nanomaterial as strong as steel
Prof. Ehud Gazit's laboratory at Tel Aviv University's Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology has developed the basis for a new material, a "revolutionary new spherical nanostructure."
The scientists report that it is the first "bio-inspired nano-material known to date that is mechanically equal and even superior to many metallic substances." Developed in conjunction with other Israeli scientists, the lightweight and inexpensive material is based on simple organic elements, but it's strong as steel, biologically compatible with human tissues, and safe for the environment.
Reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the material could be developed into durable composite materials for lightweight bullet-proof vests. Because of its strength and weight, it's also applicable to the space and aviation industries, has been determined biologically safe for medical implants.