Plastic 'as strong as steel'

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Oct. 4, 2007

U-M research: New plastic is strong as steel, transparent
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—By mimicking a brick-and-mortar molecular structure found in seashells, University of Michigan researchers created a composite plastic that's as strong as steel but lighter and transparent.
It's made of layers of clay nanosheets and a water-soluble polymer that shares chemistry with white glue.

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