A new slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, which takes inspiration from both Trees and from Celtic Knots, opens up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery, elastics and adhesives.
Scientists at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) in the National University of Galway Ireland have just published their breakthrough polymerization method in Nature Communications. Their new polymerization technique allows for the easy creation of new complex branched compounds.
Zhao, T., Zheng, Y., Polyand, J., Wang, W. ‘Controlled Multi-vinyl Monomer Hompolymerization through Vinyl Oligomer Combination as a Universal Approach to Hyperbranched Architectures.’ Nature Communications. 2013: (In Press – 23rd May 2013)