MIT researchers create material with the best strength-to-weight ratio in the world We’ve translated these two-dimensional materials into three-dimensional structures Markus Buehler, MIT
A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a new material by compressing and fusing ﬂakes of graphene. This new material has 10 times the strength of steel with only ﬁve percent of its volume. The new material has a sponge-
done is to realise the wish of translating
like conﬁguration and a geometric
these two-dimensional materials into
is created by
shape resembling coral.
The researchers found that the unique
Discovered by University of Manchester
formation of the three-dimensional
professors Kostya Novoselov and
form was more crucial than the material
Andre Geim, graphene is one of the
itself. This suggests that a variety of
strongest known materials, and the
lightweight, strong materials could
world’s ﬁrst two-dimensional material.
be created from different sources using the same geometric features. Markus Buehler, head of MIT’s
fusing ﬂakes of graphene
In its original form graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one million times thinner than a human hair.
Department of Civil Environmental CLAD-KIT KEYWORD
Engineering and the McAfee Professor of Engineering, said: “What we’ve
David Rockwell reveals collaborative collections ●
While each collection is unique, the products have been conceived for designers to use in a wide range of settings David Rockwell, Rockwell Group
New York-based designer and architect
David Rockwell has collaborated
Gaia&Gino on a
with a number of agencies to launch
new lighting, seating and ﬂooring
inspired by nature
collections for the hospitality industry. Rockwell created the lighting collection with Turkish lighting design company Gaia&Gino. The collection features three designs: Twist, Ribbon and Leaf. For seating, Rockwell collaborated with bespoke furniture design
It’s Rockwell’s ﬁrst furniture collection
company Stellar Works to create an elegant seating solution based on the
our ﬁrst furniture collection, Valet, with
timelessness of the school chair.
Stellar Works. While each collection
Ethereal Beauty is a collection of
is unique, the products – from the
bespoke carpets exploring patterns found
new arm and side chairs for our Valet
in nature using soft, tonal textures.
collection for Stellar Works, to our Cozy
The collection was inspired by artistic
woven wool wallcoverings for Maya
representations of the natural world.
Romanoff, to our new Ethereal Beauty
Ethereal Beauty marks Rockwell’s fourth
carpet collection for Shaw Hospitality
collaboration with Shaw Contract Group.
– have been conceived for designers
Rockwell said: “We are thrilled to be
to use in a wide range of settings.”
working again with two of our favourite long-time collaborators, Maya Romanoff ●
Stellar Works was a collaborator
and Shaw Contract Group, and extending
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