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Light-controlled polymers can switch between sturdy and soft
July 18, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have designed a polymer material that can change its structure in response to light, converting from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself when damaged. Credit: Demin Liu/Molgraphics/MIT Full Story
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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