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The future of MATERIALS

Atomic customisation of materials

Polymers with conductivity > copper at room temperature

Material, refractive index variable by 0.1 in electric or magnetic field

Intelligent materials with sensors, storage and effectors

Smart skin for intelligent clothing and direct human repair

Manufacture of long diamond fibres

Use of polymer gels for muscles, bioreactors, information processing

Membranes with active transport and receptors

State of the art

Glass-mirror

AIST, Japan

Switching mirror-glass can change between transparent glass and mirror. 1% hydrogen is injected between two layers making it reflect light. [1]

More futuristic materials at http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/research/4301621.html : 16-future-materials

http://www.cracked.com/article/212_5-materials-that-will-make-world-as-we-know-it-obsolete/ - 5 large areas of material improvements, with simple descriptions

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