Liquid Armor, the stuff super heroes are made of, invented at UD

By Amy Cherry 2:34pm, July 29, 2013 - Updated 4:34pm, July 29, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with the inventor of Liquid Armor about how it will help save lives.
A new and improved kind of body armor, invented at the University of Delaware, could be coming to a police force near you.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Stab it, shoot it, even prick it with an ice pick--Liquid Armor will hold up.

"So it can resist all of these different threats without compromising or adding weight or making it uncomfortable to wear," says UD chemical engineering professor Norm Wagner.

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Wagner, who invented the patented, smart nanotechnology, says it's a true multi-threat stopper that could even help soldiers in the field, combating improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The material is both thin and flexible, elements of ease that current Kevlar bulletproof vests don't have.

"Imagine that they transition from a liquid-like state to a more solid-like, ceramic state upon impact," he explains.

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Practical uses of Liquid Armor extend far beyond the military and police force.

"Surgeons can undergo needle-stick events. So there's a real desire to have puncture-resistant gloves," Wagner says.

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Wagner also sees an even wider use for the technology in athletics.

"To help mitigate these high impact concussions, in particular, among football players, would be a starting place," he says.

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