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Adaptive Material Technologies

The Adaptive Materials Technologies platform has developed super-slippery surfaces that repel just about any type of liquid, including blood and oil, and prevent the formation of ice. Learn more...

Wyss scientists study Nature's design principles -- whether on the bottom of the sea, in the thickest of tropical rainforests, or inside the human body itself -- to create materials and devices that respond to environmental cues like living organisms.

The biological designs of living organisms offer powerful lessons in environmental responsiveness, optimization, and self-healing. Just think of how your body warms up by shivering when you are cold, how an octopus changes its color to match its surroundings and "disappear" to predators, or a how the slippery surface of the carnivorous pitcher plant enables the plant to 'catch' a meal of insects. Deep-sea sponges produce sophisticated glass structures that are thousands of times stronger than any man-made glass and detect the faintest of light signals, offering valuable architectural design blueprints. The biomimetic principles that govern the way a mollusc shell "grows" are inspiring the team to fabricate new materials with enhanced structural and optical properties. The list of biologically inspiring stories goes on and on.

This team is designing new classes of materials that mimic the homeostatic abilities of living organisms to adapt and self-regulate: medical implants that help stabilize bodily functions, new surface coatings that drastically reduce drag in oil pipelines or reduce fouling in wastewater treatment plants, light-redirecting systems that maintain energy-efficiency and thermal flow in buildings, and more.

SLIPS SLIPS
Super-slippery surfaces that repel just about anything
   
Dynamic Daylight Control System Dynamic Daylight Control System
Responds dynamically to the positions of the sun to maximize daylight quality and distribution
   

 

We've won a Webby Award!

Wyss Institute is a winner of the 2012 Webby Awards in the Science category.