New Synthesis Approach Could Create More Durable and Elastic Materials

In research slated for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Texas Tech University chemists demonstrated a process for creating a slip-linked pulley system of molecules that could be used to create tougher and more elastic synthetic materials.

“No one has ever reported making polymers in this way,” said Mayer, an assistant professor of organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “It is a fundamentally new, stripped-back approach to the synthesis of this class of polymeric materials.”

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