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Precocious polymers

Here is an image of a polynorbornene polymer functionalized with 12C-4 ether rings cast into a 90um tall microfluidic device. Both the top and bottom slide of the microfluidic device have a coating of silver creating a reflective cavity. As the solvent evaporates radially outward from the drop of polymer a unique pattern forms within the polymer post.

Creators:

Varun Hegde, Sam Warnock, University of California Santa Barbara

Graphic created by the Center for Materials for Water and Energy Systems (M-WET) EFRC for the Science in the Time of Covid Contest at the 2021 DOE EFRC-Hub-CMS-CSS Principal Investigators’ Meeting.

EFRC Center: M-WET