Ceramics that bounce and don’t break

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Image: Lucas Meza, California Institute of Technology

Fractal-like ceramic lattices have been created that buckle and bend under stress, unlike most brittle ceramics. These lattices are created by multiphoton lithography and are both very light-weight and very strong. Possible applications include solar cell technology, bioscaffolding, battery cathodes, ultralight thermal insulation, and damage-tolerant foams.

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