Volume 87 Issue 35 | pp. 25-26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 31, 2009

Programming Polymers With Solvent And Heat

Stimuli-responsive polymer applications could be useful for chromatography and biosensing
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: Polymer gel, programmable polymer

A polymer that changes its characteristics depending on whether it’s heated in a polar or nonpolar solvent can retain the programmed properties when it’s cooled and the solvent is removed, reports a group led by Ken D. Shimizu at the University of South Carolina (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja904234w). The ability to use stimuli such as heat to control and manipulate how a polymer recognizes guest molecules is important for . . .

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