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New Shape-Memory Polymer Reacts to Body Heat, Holds Promise for Medical Applications

from AzoM

When exposed to changes in temperature the shape of polymers often visibly change. New research, led by chemical engineering professor Mitch Anthamatten at the University of Rochester, has led to the development of a material capable of changing shape when exposed to body heat alone. This research paves the way for unique medical and other applications. Anthamatten worked with graduate student Yuan Meng to create this material, which is a type of shape-memory polymer. Shape-memory polymers are materials that can be programmed to retain a temporary shape until triggered to return to its original shape. The trigger in this case is heat. more

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