“The reliable characteristics, and high strength of the material provide a new way for designing joints that can handle lifting multiple times the material weight,” says Jonathan Aitken at the University of Sheffield, UK. However, Aitken questions the practicality of having to use heat to the polymer.
Bao hopes to research the polymer’s properties to see if there is a molecular mechanism that may automatically elongate and shrink in response to smaller, better to achieve changes in temperature.
Journal reference: ACS Central Science , DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00829
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