New Technique Makes Light Metallic Nanofoam

UC Davis created tunable low-density palladium nanowire foam.

UC Davis physicists have come up with a new method to make a low-density tunable nanofoam of palladium.

November 20, 2017 | Source: The University of California, Davis,, 2 Nov 2017, Andy Fell

A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies, reports a new study from the University of California, Davis.

Traditional metallic foam manufacturing techniques may require high temperature, high pressure and controlled chemical environments. The UC Davis-led team instead relies on a wet chemistry approach that is well-suited for industrial applications and adaptable to other types of lightweight metal foams as well.