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The new lightest material ever barely even exists
For a while aerogel was the lightest material on the planet, and then it was a metallic micro-lattice. Now, the title of the world’s lightest material belongs to aerographite, a physical material that’s only barely lighter than air itself.
Lightest material in the world
The lightest material in the world, Aerographite, has been developed by scientists from Kiel University and Hamburg University of Technology. The material is a complex arrangement of hollow carbon tubes, which are grown at nano and micro scales and are made of 99.99% air - hence the term ‘Aerographite’. It has an extremely low density but is stronger than steel and most other materials.
The use of this new material spans to absolutely everything - it could replace bridge pylons, making them stronger, lighter and smaller. It is also ductile, widely increasing it’s uses in the world, as well as weighing in at a mere 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimetre - while still being able to support matter over 40,000 times it’s own weight! It can be compressed over 1000 times and it’ll still spring right back to it’s original size.
The uses with this are endless - we’ll be hearing a lot more of this in the future.