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Shape-shifting Polymer Both Strong and Sensitive

Posted March 15, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a new shape-shifting polymer that reforms in response to the slightest touch, and at body heat temperatures - see it in action in this video. The material was created by controlling how molecular linkers are added in the crystallization process, adjusting the material's melting point. In addition to its shape-shifting properties, the material also has the capacity to hold 1,000x its weight. The researchers see potential applications in artificial skin, body heat assisted medical dispensers, sutures, and self-fitting apparel.


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03/16/2016 8:30 AM

This may have potential use in field dressings for wounded soldiers, maybe?

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