Unprecedented control of polymer grids achieved
Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous -- nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few -- and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional, grid-like structures, but this goal ha ... more
Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics
Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he's doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household cleaners.
By using an inexpensive, already mass produced, simple solvent called cresol, Huang has discovered a way to make disperse ... more
Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass
If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid geometric patterns.
But once in a while, under just the right conditions, you get something entirely new: a futuristic alloy called metallic glass. T ... more