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Superlative Materials

Superlative materials are constantly evolving, as harder, stronger and stickier substances are designed and discovered. Diamond was the hardest material before being overtaken by fullerite, a manmade carbon-based nanomaterial. The miniscule PVC carbon nanotube fibre in our collection is the strongest (if not most commercially viable) vinyl in the world. Our golden orb spider’s silk is one of the toughest fibres known, because of its chemistry and unique woven structure, but even that is surpassed by our synthetic and velvety ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) rope.

See these super-powered materials in action in the UCL Culture Lab Power Exhibition.