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New ceramic nanofiber 'sponges' could be used for flexible insulation, water purification
June 2, 2017
Ceramic materials tend to shatter when deformed, but new research shows a way of using ultra-thin ceramic nanofibers to make squishy, heat-resistant sponges with a wide variety of potential uses.
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