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Jun 2012 - Stretch It, Bend It, Pull It

Auxetic materials defy logic, and become thicker when stretched and thinner when compressed. Auxetic materials are still in development, but researchers worldwide see an endless range of applications. Auxetic foams could be used in used in safety equipment like elbow and knee pads, bullet proof vests, crash helmets, automotive seats, cushioning and packaging. Auxetic textiles could be used as smart medical dressings while auxetic heart stents wouldn't compress and run the risk of causing blockages and heart attacks. The only limits on auxetics are the researchers' imagination and manufacturing cost.

Dr. Daphne Attard, who gave the talk, recently obtained her PhD in Auxetics, is a full-time researcher at the University of Malta and has over 20 publications to her name.