(ORDO NEWS) — Inspired by the properties of squid skin, American scientists have invented an adaptive composite material that can perfectly maintain temperature. It can be used to make cups for drinks, courier bags from food delivery services and much more.
Scientists have created a squid skin analogue that can keep your drinks and food warm for much longer
Scientists from the University of California at Irvine (USA) have developed a new polymer film that can reflect infrared radiation. This idea was inspired by experts squid skin, which can change its color.
What is squid skin capable of?
Squid can change the patterns and colors of their skin to hide from predators or camouflage themselves while hunting.
And they do it at such a speed that it seems as if they have a built-in digital display. But in fact, special pigment containing cells, chromatophores, help squids in this. And with the help of their muscles, mollusks are able to change the transparency and reflectivity of their skin.
Using this property of squid skin, American researchers have created a composite material that, instead of changing its color, can adjust to a particular temperature.
It was made from a polymer and a metal coating, due to which the film can change its structure to enhance or weaken the heat reflecting properties.
Scientists note that such a film can be used anywhere: in cups for hot drinks, in food containers, in bags for carrying perishable products, in shipping containers, etc.
The creators of the development tested its abilities in the laboratory they made a coffee cup out of it and poured coffee inside. It turned out that the film is really able to regulate the rate of cooling of a hot drink.
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