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Tarantulas inspire new structural color with the greatest viewing angle

09-Feb-2017

Inspired by the hair of blue tarantulas, researchers from The University of Akron lead a team that made a structural-colored material that shows consistent color from all viewing directions. This finding overturns the conventional wisdom that long-range order photonic structures are always ...

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Researchers find thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature

31-Aug-2016

New research by scientists at The University of Akron (UA) shows that a nanometer-thin layer of water between two charged surfaces exhibits ice-like tendencies that allow it to withstand pressures of hundreds of atmospheres. The discovery could lead to better ways to minimize friction in a ...

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Fun with Lego (molecules)

29-Jan-2016

A great childhood pleasure is playing with Legos® and marveling at the variety of structures you can create from a small number of basic elements. Such control and variety of superstructures is a goal of polymer chemists, but it is hard to regulate their specific size and how the pieces fit ...

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Revolutionary discovery leads to invention of new 'building blocks'

University of Akron polymer researchers create a new class of hybrid materials

27-Apr-2015

Polymer science will have to add a new giant molecule to its lexicon thanks to a cutting-edge discovery at The University of Akron. Taking a revolutionary "building blocks" approach, researchers have pioneered a way to create a new class of very large polymer molecules, called macromolecules, ...

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Simulations aim to unlock nature's process of biomineralization

Heinz accesses Ohio Supercomputer Center to study organic-inorganic bonding

13-Dec-2010

A University of Akron researcher is leveraging advanced modeling and simulation techniques to more precisely understand how organic materials bond to inorganic materials, a natural phenomenon that if harnessed, could lead to the design of composite materials and devices for such applications as ...

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Carbon nanotubes made to stick like a gecko's foot

17-Aug-2005

Renowned for their ability to walk up walls like miniature Spider-Men--or even to hang from the ceiling by one toe--the colorful lizards of the gecko family owe their wall-crawling prowess to their remarkable footpads. Each five-toed foot is covered with microscopic elastic hairs called setae, ...

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