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Shape-memory polymers expand with student research

Shape-memory polymers expand with student research

August 10, 2017

A mechanical engineering student visiting from the University of Maryland, Ricardo Cardoza stretched himself—and the shape-memory polymers he worked with—in Mitchell Anthamatten’s chemical engineering lab this summer.

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U of R develops new material shape memory polymer

U of R develops new material shape memory polymer

February 19, 2016

A University of Rochester professor and his team have developed a new material. It’s called a shape memory polymer and it’s capable of lifting 1,000 times its mass.

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This new shape-shifting polymer can lift 1,000 times its own weight

This new shape-shifting polymer can lift 1,000 times its own weight

February 17, 2016

Crucial to the development of the new material – which its inventors are describing as “plastic with a brain, and some muscle” – is the way it controls the crystallisation that usually occurs when the polymer is cooled or stretched.

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Shape-memory strand lifts 1,000 times its weight

Shape-memory strand lifts 1,000 times its weight

February 16, 2016

Unlike other elastic polymers, this one can be triggered at room temperature or just by human touch. In a video demo, the engineers stretched the material into a tight coil using tweezers. When the coil dropped into a human hand, it unfurled like magic.

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University of Rochester scientists create ‘super polymer’ that can lift 1,000 times its mass

University of Rochester scientists create ‘super polymer’ that can lift 1,000 times its mass

February 11, 2016

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a new type of ‘super polymer’ that could prove an extremely useful technology in the healthcare and clothing industries.

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Body heat triggers shape change in new type of polymer

Body heat triggers shape change in new type of polymer

February 9, 2016

Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by chemical engineering professor Mitch Anthamatten has created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications.

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New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

New self-stretching material developed at University of Rochester

February 16, 2015

Although most materials slightly expand when heated, there is a new class of rubber-like material that not only self-stretches upon cooling; it reverts back to its original shape when heated, all without physical manipulation.

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