Image depicting the hydrophobic (blue) and hydrophilic (purple) sections of the newly developed molecules, which sees them self-assemble into nanoribbons with greater strength than steel

By taking some inspiration from nature and some from the way the synthetic fiber Kevlar is formed, scientists at MIT have developed self-assembling nanoribbons they say are stronger than steel. With their unique set of properties and means of fabrication, the scientists say these novel materials could find all kinds of uses, ranging from water filtration to powering electronic devices.

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