New Shape-Shifting Super Polymer Can Lift 1000 Times Its Weight

New Shape-Shifting Super Polymer Can Lift 1000 Times Its Weight

Scientists at the University of Rochester have developed a revolutionary new ‘super polymer’ that can be stretched into any shapes because of its ability to hold on to the new form. The material can lift 1,000 times its own weight. Lead researcher Mitch Anthamatten said the super polymer would prove extremely useful in products like body-heat assisted medical dispensers, artificial skin, and self-fitting apparel.

Watch how the super polymer changes its shape

Findings of the study were published in the Journal of Polymer Science. The material is such that it can retain a temporary shape until you apply heat to bring it to its original shape and size. While returning to its permanent shape, the polymer releases a large amount of energy. In a video, Mitch Anthamatten demonstrated how it can be stretched into a new shape. Then he used body heat to make it return to its initial state.

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