Nature Inspires Robust Bicontinuous Materials

Materials science and engineering researchers at Cornell University are drawing inspiration from living systems like birds and insects. See how their findings may influence the future design of functional synthetic materials.

“In a sponge, fluid and solid are interwoven,” said Eric Dufresne , professor of materials science and engineering and of physics at Cornell. “Together, they can do more than the sum of their parts. Bringing together two materials in a similar way at the nanoscale can unlock new functionalities, but presents all sorts of challenges.”