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

    Group photo of Beckman Institute director Jeffrey Moore, left, postdoctoral researcher Hai Qian and materials science and engineering head Nancy Sottos

    Beckman Institute director Jeffrey Moore, left, postdoctoral researcher Hai Qian and materials science and engineering head Nancy Sottos led a team of Illinois engineers in the development of a new rapid-acting, reversible polymer that changes color when it is about to fail.     

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Jeffrey Moore, call 217-244-5289; jsmoore@illinois.edu

    To reach Nancy Sottos, call 217-333-1041; email n-sottos@illinois.edu

    The paper “Fast, reversible mechanochromism of regioisomeric oxazine mechanophores: Developing in situ responsive force probes for polymeric materials” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2021.02.014.