ERJ staff report (BC)
Houston, Texas – Scientists at Rice University have discovered that silicone in a liquid crystal phase becomes 90% stiffer when the material is gently and repeatedly compressed. Their research could lead to new strategies for self-healing materials or biocompatible materials that mimic human tissues.
The research has been reported in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications.
Silicone in its liquid crystal phase is somewhere between a solid and liquid state. Rice polymer scientist Rafael Verduzco was intrigued to see a material he thought he knew…