Researchers at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, have reportedly made a breakthrough in polymer construction. Professor David Haddleton of Warwick’s Department of Chemistry has successfully translated desired properties of a material into the corresponding polymer structure—polymer DNA, so to speak. Using the same emulsion process as paint and adhesives, the new process can synthesize polymers using water as a solvent, as opposed to previous processes that used sulfur or copper.

The findings were recently published in Nature Chemistry.

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