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MIT develops ultrafine fibres with exceptional strength

Researchers at MIT have developed a process that can produce ultrafine fibers — whose diameter is measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter — that are exceptionally strong and tough.

These fibres, which should be inexpensive and easy to produce, could be choice materials for many applications, such as protective armour and nano-composites.

The new process, called gel electrospinning, is described in a paper by MIT professor of chemical engineering Gregory Rutledge and postdoc Jay Park. The paper appears online and will be published in the February edition of the Journal of Materials Science.

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