A press release from UCLA says they’ve found a material (a mixture of magnesium-zinc alloy and silicon carbide nanoparticles) that has the highest specific strength and specific modulus (stiffness to weight ratio) of any metal.
The press release was lacking numbers, but is based on a paper in Nature which, of course, is behind a paywall. Anyone have a subscription to that magazine who could look the paper up and see if they give numbers?
Also, any idea of how long it will be before we see this material in production? It seems the only advance is a technique to disperse the nanoparticles in the metal so they don’t clump, so perhaps there won’t be a long wait.