This week in adhesives news, researchers in New York have developed a polymer that changes shape triggered by body heat.
Earlier this year, researchers in China developed a shape memory polymer that returns to its original shape under an applied stimulus. Researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have now developed a polymer that not only returns to its original shape under heat, but also can lift approximately 1,000 its own mass.
“We also engineered these materials to store large amount of elastic energy, enabling them to perform more mechanical work during their shape recovery,” said Mitch Anthamatten, professor and co-author.
The findings were published last month in the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics.
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