Shape-Shifting Materials Inspired by Metamorphosis

A team of researchers at North Carolina State University have tapped into a new potential for manufacturing deployable structures using shape-shifting materials.

“With metamorphosis in nature, animals change their fundamental shape. We’ve created a class of materials that can be used to create structures that change their fundamental architecture,” says Jie Yin, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State .