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September 9th, 2009

Strength polymerized

Abstract:
It takes a research team from Bengaluru 10 days to prepare a batch of the compound it hopes would revolutionize the world. The compound consists of polyvinyl alcohol, a polymer, mixed with two carbon nanomaterials. There is a tremendous increase in the stiffness and hardness of the polymer—the very stuff without which the sports industry would be in danger of closing down. The examples, in fact, are endless; so are the uses of polymers.

The team from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research treats the two nanomaterials—carbon nanotubes and nanodiamond particles—with a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acid.

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