Imagine a wallpaper that can prevent a fire from spreading and sound the alarm.
You may not have to imagine it much longer, because scientists are developing just that.
The smart home safety decor is a project Shanghai’s Institute of Ceramics. Researchers there are developing a new breed of wallpaper composed of graphene oxide and hydroxyapatite nanowires. That composition would allow it to detect fire and double as a retardant. What’s more, the wallpaper will be environmentally friendly.
This is a major breakthrough, considering most of today’s commercial wallpaper is made of highly flammable materials, which can often cause a fire to spread. The research also suggests that widespread adoption of this upcoming product could reduce property loss.