Timothy Long, one of three Virginia Outstanding Scientists for 2015, tells how materials of the future can be created to serve multiple functions. Printed on a 3D printer, walls of a "smart building" might be able to perform tasks such as move water or control sound. The research involves an interdisciplinary approach – chemists and other scientists working with architects and engineers. 

Long, a professor of chemistry in Virginia Tech's College of Science and director of the university's Macromolecules Interfaces Institute, recently talked about his research at an Outreach and International Affairs-sponsored high-tech showcase in Newport News. Get the full story from this two-minute video news report: