Developing High - Performance Energy Absorbing Liquids

Professor Yu Qiao

By immersing nanoporous materials in a non-wetting liquid phase, the system becomes an energy absorbing liquid, or a “liquid super-sponge.” When a sufficiently high pressure is applied, the liquid can be forced into the nanopores, leading to a significant energy dissipation characteristic. UC San Diego researchers are exploring ways that these liquids can be used for protection and damping applications, such as liquid armors, healthcare products, and protective layers for buildings, amongst others.