Composite Materials

What are composite materials and how are they paving the way for technological advances?

From super strong building materials to super light surfboards, composite materials are all around us and are a valuable tool for technological advances for the future.

Composite materials are formed by combining two or more materials that have quite different properties. The different materials work together as a matrix and reinforcement to create a new, composite material that might be:


  • super strong
  • extremely lightweight
  • extra flexible
  • a good insulator
  • a good conductor of electricity


Composite materials exist in nature: cellulose + lignin combine to form a very strong, flexible material – wood!