The materials science of marvel's the avengers-some assembly required

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The Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes of the Marvel comics universe, saved our planet from an army of hostile aliens and the Norse god of mischief Loki in 2012's blockbuster hit, Marvel's The Avengers. We consider here the previously underappreciated role that chemistry and materials science played in keeping Earth safe from this extraterrestial invasion. The chemical composition of Hawkeye's bow, Iron Man's suit of armor and Captain America's shield are discussed, and a scientific mechanism is proposed to account for the "enchanted" aspects of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHollywood Chem
Subtitle of host publicationWhen Science Met Entertainment
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780841228245
StatePublished - Sep 3 2013

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918


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