Stretching of conductive materials typically decreases conductivity and increases resistance due to changing atomic bonds in them. However, it is said that this new material does the exact opposite, opening new perspectives for the development of electronics and engineering.
U.S. military researchers UU. They have developed liquid metal systems that can autonomously change their structure when they are strained or stretched, in what seems like another step towards the evil form-changing robot of Terminator 2: Judgment Day .
According to a press release from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. UU., The new material is called polymerized liquid metal networks. It consists of self-organized nanostructures, which are constructed from individual liquid metal particles enclosed in layers that are connected one by one in a network through a polymerization process.
These networks can be tense up to 700 percent and can respond autonomously to the tension and still return to their original state, scientists say. Each stretch cycle after the first increase in conductivity and then return to normal; According to reports, the material retained the property after 10,000 cycles.