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Kirigami

A photograph of a student working with a stretchable conductor.

Terry Shyu, MSE PhD Student and Graduate Research Assistant, demonstrates a stretchable conductor's ability to conduct in the HH Dow Building.

The stretchable conductor is made out of a mesh structure of carbon nanotubes that Shyu has made as part of her work with Nicholas Kotov, Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Chemical Engineering; Sharon Glotzer, Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering; and Matt Shlian, Artist and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Art & Design.

Shlian provided the inspiration for the nano structures with his nano-kirigami art that Glotzer built computer models from and Kotov and Shyu tested in lab.

Photo: Joseph Xu/Senior Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan - College of Engineering