Transforming material: from soft to hard with just light

Researchers have developed a material that changes from soft to solid when exposed to light

The unique material, inspired by living organisms, is 10 times more durable than natural rubber.

According to a study published in Science on October 13, researchers have used only light and catalysts to change the properties of molecules.

It is possible to transform the world by controlling material properties using light.


The team was inspired by living organisms such as trees and shellfish to create a material that’s ten times more durable than natural rubber. It could lead to flexible robots and electronics.