Volume 92 Issue 15 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 14, 2014

Toughening Up Elastomers

Materials Science: Inspired by hydrogel synthesis, two-part strategy yields strong yet soft elastic polymers
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: elastomers, hydrogels

Elastic polymers, or elastomers, are desirable materials because they can repeatedly de-form and re-form. But this softness often comes at the expense of mechanical strength, which the materials need to resist fracture under heavy loads. A new kind of tough elastomer that remains malleable is now on the horizon, thanks to a two-part polymerization strategy reported in Science (2014, DOI: 10.1126/science.1248494).

First developed for strengthening . . .

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