Scientists have developed \”smart\” plastic that can change its shape from soft to rigid in the sunlight
Researchers claim that they were inspired to create their work by the living world, from trees to seashells.
The plastics were inspired by the living world, including trees and shellfish. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin put their collective minds to work on creating a material that mimicked real life. It would be similar to many living forms, which are flexible and soft in certain places but rigid and hard in others.
It is a world first that they have been able to use light and a catalyser to change properties like hardness and flexibility in molecules with the same type. The material produced is ten-times stronger than natural rubber, and it could change the flexibility of robotics and electronics.
Science published the findings recently.