Polymer
A polymer (/ˈpɒlɨmər/) (Greek poly-, "many" + -mer, "parts") is a large molecule, or macromolecule, composed of many repeated subunits. Because of their broad range of properties, both synthetic and n...
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Revolutionary material
This orange goo may look squishy, but it’s the key ingredient in armor used to protect football players and soldiers.
Allan Brown demonstrates the processes... - Caroline Rousset-Johnson
Allan Brown demonstrates the processes he takes nettle plants through, in order to extract a usable fibre for textiles. A Facebook group 'Nettles For Textiles' is available, for those seeking to...
The Strange Behaviour Of Auxetic Foams
Using high resolution to understand the auxetic behaviour of a foam. As the foam is stretched it expands rather than contracts laterally
Can You Walk on Water? (Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool)
Running, jumping and biking on 8,000 litres of non-newtonian fluid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
Completely New Kind Of Polymer Could Lead To Artificial Muscles, Self-Repairing Materials
Hybrid polymers could lead to new concepts in self-repairing materials, drug delivery and artificial muscles. Imagine a polymer with removable parts that can deliver something to the environment and t...
Material May Offer Cheaper Alternative To Smart Windows
If you’ve ever blown up a balloon or pulled at a pair of pantyhose, you may have noticed that the more the material stretches, the more transparent it becomes. It’s a simple enough observation: the th...
Low-Fiber Diets Kill Off Some Species of Gut Bacteria
Over generations, mice deprived of fiber permanently lost some species of gut microbes. What does this mean for human health?
Mealworms recycle Styrofoam in 24 hours, according to study
New research reveals that mealworms can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam, which could have big implications for the recycling industry.
Keeping The Smells Of Onions, Garlic And Other Stinky Foods Under Wraps
Some of the world’s most popular foods and seasonings can also be the smelliest — think garlic, onions, certain cheeses and the notoriously stinky Asian durian fruit. No amount of plastic wrap seems t...
Sprayable Foam That Slows Bleeding Could Save Lives
Traumatic injuries, whether from serious car accidents, street violence or military combat, can lead to significant blood loss and death. But using a material derived from crustacean shells, scientist...
Nanoparticles Target And Kill Cancer Stem Cells That Drive Tumor Growth
Many cancer patients survive treatment only to have a recurrence within a few years. Recurrences and tumor spreading are likely due to cancer stem cells that can be tough to kill with conventional can...
Rubber From Dandelions: Key Components In Formation Of Rubber Identified
Dandelions deliver a desirable product: rubber. This is why the robust and undemanding plant has become the focus of attention of the rubber-producing industry. But how is rubber, contained in the pla...
Nanotech-Enabled Moisturizer Speeds Healing Of Diabetic Skin Wounds
A new high-tech but simple ointment applied to the skin may one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers on their feet, Northwestern University researchers report. They are the firs...
Amazing Polymorph Plastic Easy to Mould Thermoplastic Endless Uses
A low melting point version of Polymorph, specially designed to be the easiest mouldable thermoplastic on the market.
Inorganic polymer
Inorganic polymers are polymers with a skeletal structure that does not include carbon atoms. Polymers containing inorganic and organic components are named hybrid polymers. One of the best known exam...
Copolymer
When two or more different monomers unite together to polymerize, their result is called a copolymer and its process is called copolymerization.Commercially relevant copolymers include acrylonitrile b...
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Synthetic resin
Synthetic resins are materials with a property of interest that is similar to natural plant resins: they are viscous liquids that are capable of hardening permanently. Otherwise, chemically they are v...
Plastic
Plastic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organics that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects of diverse shapes. Plastics are typically organi...
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Antimicrobial polymer
Antimicrobial polymers, also known as polymeric biocides, is a class of polymers with antimicrobial activity, or the ability to inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi or protozoa...
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Biodegradable polymer
Biodegradable polymers are a specific type of polymer that breaks down after its intended purpose to result in natural byproducts such as gases (CO2, N2), water, biomass, and inorganic salts. These p...
Conductive polymer
Conductive polymers or, more precisely, intrinsically conducting polymers (ICPs) are organic polymers that conduct electricity. Such compounds may have metallic conductivity or can be semiconductors. ...
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High-refractive-index polymer
A high-refractive-index polymer (HRIP) is a polymer that has a refractive index greater than 1.50.Such materials are required for anti-reflective coating and photonic devices such as light emitting di...
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Polymeric membrane
An artificial membrane, or synthetic membrane, is a synthetically created membrane which is usually intended for separation purposes in laboratory or in industry. Synthetic membranes have been success...
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Polymer nanocomposite
Polymer nanocomposites (PNC) consist of a polymer or copolymer having nanoparticles or nanofillers dispersed in the polymer matrix. These may be of different shape (e.g., platelets, fibers, spheroids)...
Polymer characterization
Polymer characterization is the analytical branch of polymer science.The discipline is concerned with the characterization of polymeric materials on a variety of levels. The characterization typically...
Polymer degradation
Polymer degradation is a change in the properties—tensile strength, color, shape, etc.—of a polymer or polymer-based product under the influence of one or more environmental factors such as heat, ligh...
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Crystallization of polymers
Crystallization of polymers is a process associated with partial alignment of their molecular chains. These chains fold together and form ordered regions called lamellae, which compose larger spheroid...
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Fiber
Fiber (or fibre; from the Latin fibra) is a natural or synthetic string or used as a component of composite materials, or, when matted into sheets, used to make products such as paper, papyrus, or fel...
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