Researchers discover a way to cause surface coating properties to change in less than a second
'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces
Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects ...
The fix is in: Team studies self-healing polymers
(Phys.org) —A surfboard that seals its own cracks without having to cure in the sun for days. Underwater structures that can be fixed with less work and downtime. Joints that are almost instantly stronger ...
Heat-responsive polymers that do not breakdown in water may lead to new antifouling coatings and enhanced oil recovery
Thanks to the positively and negatively charged units in their monomers, zwitterionic polymers have a high affinity for water—a property known as hydrophilicity. This property helps prevent fouling, namely ...
Seeing is bead-lieving: Scientists create model 'bead-spring' chains with tunable properties
Rice University researchers are using magnetic beads and DNA "springs" to create chains of varying flexibility that can be used as microscale models for polymer macromolecules.
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