Kevlar-inspired, self-forming nanoribbons are stronger 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.
The self-forming nanoribbons are inspired in part by the way molecules can assemble themselves into membranes or other important structures in nature. Recreating this with engineered molecules is anything but s