Inventing the Future
Penn Engineering and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Join Forces to Envision the Future
Mini Autonomous Vehicles Race for Community-Driven Research
Superstrong, Reversible Adhesive That Works Like Snail Slime
Using snail slime as inspiration, Penn Engineers led by Shu Yang created a reversible superglue that is adjustable when wet but cement-like when dry. When the wet adhesive dries, it locks firmly in place and is even strong enough to hold a fully grown adult. Durable, reversible adhesion, like that demonstrated in the material developed by Yang’s team, could allow for reusable envelopes, gravity-defying boots, and revolutionized industry assembly.
‘Nanocardboard’ can Levitate Using Only the Power of Light
Through working on a problem with blood filters, Penn Engineers developed what they call “nanocardboard,” a material that’s as thin as a few strands of DNA and weighs less than a thousandth of a gram, but stiff enough to resist flopping. In testing their material, they discovered an unexpected property: the material weighs so little that, when exposed to light, it can levitate. Their discovery, although still in the initial phases, could lay the groundwork for future smart dust sensors or weather sensors.
Penn Engineering COVID-19 Impact
Penn Engineering is working to gradually resume on-campus operations as approved by President Gutmann and in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The School is currently preparing for Phase 1 of Resumption of Research Activities on June 8, 2020.