UVA-led discovery challenges 30-year-old dogma in associative polymers research

Associative polymers have unique self-healing and flow properties.

Fiber “barcodes” can be used to create durable clothing labels

Reflective fibers could revolutionize textile sorting and recycling.

The material is stronger than steel but as lightweight as plastic

Polymerizing a material in two dimensions.

New efficient method to manufacture two-dimensional polymers

New 2D materials tailored by self-organization and photopolymerization.

New recycling process could cut down millions of tons of plastic waste

A method for reclaiming the polymers using solvents.

New polymer patch could help repair a broken heart

A prototype polymer patch that does the same job as crucial aspects of heart tissue.

Predicting the properties of disordered polymers

In a new study, scientists used a combination of theory, experiment, and simulation to read patterns on long chains of molecules to understand and...

New materials to improve delivery of therapeutic messenger RNA

Messenger RNA, a huge nucleic corrosive that encodes genetic data, can guide cells to create particular proteins. Unlike DNA, mRNA isn't for all time...

How polymers relax after stressful processing?

The polymers that make up engineered materials require time to relax after processing. A new examination by Illinois scientists has discovered that entangled, long-chain...

Study unveiled why polymer stents failed

Many patients with heart disease who went for surgery have a metal stent implanted to keep their coronary artery open. The metal stent prevents...

Designing Polymers with Novel Features

MIT scientist Bradley Olsen, along with his colleagues, are exploring physical properties for designing polymers. The team involves 15 to 20 students, and the postdoc seeks after this...

Fluorescent Polymer Gels to Detect Structural Failure in Energy-Related Equipment

The MIT researchers are developing fluorescent polymer gels that change color when shaken, heated, unveiled to acid, or otherwise disorganized. This new material can...

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