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  • Study reveals how polymers relax after stressful processing

    Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder, left, and graduate student Peter Zhou have found that single polymers  acting as individuals  work together to give synthetic materials macroscopic properties like viscosity and strength.

    Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder, left, and graduate student Peter Zhou have found that single polymers – acting as individuals – work together to give synthetic materials macroscopic properties like viscosity and strength. 

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  • To reach Charles Schroeder, email cms@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Dynamically heterogeneous relaxation of entangled polymer chains” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.267801