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Abigail Halmes

Fast-acting, color-changing molecular probe senses when material about to fail

March 25, 2021

Materials that contain special polymer molecules may someday be able to warn us when they are about to fail, researchers said. Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have improved their previously developed force-sensitive molecules, called mechanophores, to produce reversible, rapid and vibrant color change when a force is applied.

March 25, 2021

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