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January 24, 2023

Structures that 'morph' underwater

Researchers at the Morphing Matter Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method where they assemble hydrogel beads onto paper substrates that self-actuate -- or morph -- into structures underwater. These morphed structures could potentially be used as things like artificial reefs in the future.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant IIS 2017008.]

Learn more in the Morphing Matter Lab's Ocean garden: Underwater morphing beads towards ocean conservation webpage. (Date of image: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Jan. 24, 2023)

Credit: Morphing Matter Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

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