What are Smart Materials?

So, what makes materials ‘smart’?

Traditionally, smart materials are defined as materials that can sense and react to external stimuli such as pressure, temperature, magnetism, etc. in a visible and tangible way, through a change in their molecular structure.

‘Nitinol’ is derived from Nickel, Titanium, and the Naval Ordnance Laboratory
Dunkin’ Donuts Smart Cup Concept by Tiago Pinto
4D Printed Thermoplastics at The Morphing Matter Lab, CMU
The jacquard technology turns a portion of the fabric on the sleeve into a touch-sensitive remote control for phones



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Aditi Maheshwari

Aditi Maheshwari


Research Scientist at Accenture Labs. I like talking about smart materials and sustainable technology.