Chemistry - Polymers news

Untangling the mysteries of spider silk

Spiders weave a web even more tangled than originally thought – at least on the nanoscale level, according to a new study performed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

May 03, 2012 4.7 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Process makes polymers truly plastic

Just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its environment, Duke University engineers have demonstrated for the first time that they can alter the texture of plastics on demand, for example, switching ...

Mar 15, 2012 4 / 5 (4) 3 | with audio podcast

New way to shape thin gel sheets proposed

Inspired by nature's ability to shape a petal, and building on simple techniques used in photolithography and printing, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a new tool for ...

Mar 08, 2012 3 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

The future of manmade materials

(PhysOrg.com) -- There's nothing ordinary about the materials being designed in the Stupp Laboratory at Northwestern University. Many of the futuristic fibers, films, gels, coatings and putty-like substances have led to important ...

Feb 16, 2012 3.2 / 5 (6) 0