Volume 90 Issue 29 | p. 40 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 16, 2012

Materials With SMARTS

Hydrogel-based coatings maintain internal temperature with self-regulating chemical-mechanical feedback mechanism
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: self-regulating, chemomechanical, materials science, homeostasis, coatings, thermoregulation

Windows might one day become more energy efficient with help from a self-regulating thermal coating, according to a report in Nature (DOI: 10.1038/nature11223). Joanna Aizenberg of Harvard University, Anna C. Balazs of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues developed polymer-based materials that maintain their internal temperature within a 1.7 °C range regardless of surrounding conditions. Called SMARTS, for self-regulated mechanochemical adaptively . . .

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