—Siloxane Polymer Stretches Record “Polymer Chemistry: New elastomer can elongate by nearly 5,000%” The Pennsylvania-based materials supplier Gelest has created a siloxane polymer that is so stretchy, 2 yards of the material could extend across the length of a football field. Jonathan Goff, manager of polymer development at Gelest, publicly unveiled the new material this month at the ACS national meeting in Boston. The polymer achieves almost 5,000% elongation before breaking, which is roughly 10 times the stretch achieved by current commercial siloxane polymers, materials that are useful in medical implants, flexible electronics, and microfluidic chips. Gelest plans to sell the polymer before the end of the year, but the elastomer still harbors a mystery.
by Matt Davenport |
August 31, 2015