Alon Gorodetsky, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at the University of California, researched how to make heat-regulating materials based on the study of squid skin with his colleagues. These materials are made specifically for good and beverage packaging.
The insulating material is ideal for coffee cups, takeout containers, grocery delivery bags, and shipping boxes. It is an advanced take on metalized plastic films that often line packaging materials. However, unlike its counterpart, the new material offers a way to control how hot or cold to keep its encased items by using minimal energy. To achieve this, it reflects more or less heat depending on how much it is stretched. Moreover, according to researchers, the material is cheap, recyclable, and sustainable.
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