New Metal Created by Researcher at NYU Can Float on Water AND is Super Strong

Foam Metal Floats on Water

New Metal Created by Researcher at NYU Can Float on Water AND is Super Strong

Nikhil Gupta is a researcher at NYU Polytechnic University. He’s also the creator of the latest supermaterial, a metal “foam” so light it can float on water, but also incredibly strong. The new metal is composed of a composite material consisting of a metal matrix, filled with hollow particles known as microballoons. It’s referred to as a magnesium-alloy syntactic foam. Similar materials exist involving aluminium, but this magnesium alloy is 44% stronger and can withstand 25,000 pounds per inch of force! Amazing.


syntactic foam balls

Syntactic Foam Balls

A material such as this has many uses within the lightweight/strong materials sector. Aircraft and car companies alike have put billions into researching lighter, stronger materials. After seeing Gupta’s syntactic foam, the US Military chose to fund his future research.

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