Multifunctional Liquid Metal Composites

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20 Oct, 2020

Soft composites that use droplets of gallium-based liquid metal have the potential for transformative impact in multifunctional material engineering.

Soft composites that use droplets of gallium-based liquid metal have the potential for transformative impact in multifunctional material engineering. 

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method to synthesize composites with high stretchability, negligible electromechanical coupling, Joule-heated healing and reprocessability, and electrical and mechanical self-healing that can be printed. 

This approach to controlled assembly represents a widely-applicable technique for creating new classes of liquid metal composites with unprecedented multifunctionality.



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