Volume 93 Issue 37 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 21, 2015

Metallogels Are Aglow With Tunable Polymer Properties

Materials: Metal coordination chemistry lets researchers control a polymer’s mechanical and optical behavior
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Materials SCENE
Keywords: polymer, PEG, metal, soft materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology materials scientist Niels Holten-Andersen has long wondered how he could steal strategies that certain organisms have evolved to build biopolymer materials and use them to tune the behavior of synthetic polymers. The effort has paid off, as Holten-Andersen and his colleagues have now hatched a simple but general approach to tuning mechanical and optical properties of polymers by binding their building blocks to metals. The researchers created a . . .

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