Iowa State University professor Vladimir Tsukruk developed a unique polymer coating for micro-electromechanical systems. He uses an electrostatic process that forms a "self-assembling" coating measuring less than ten nm thick that contains both flexible and hard layers. Tsukruk says the coating has low friction and a longer life span than existing single-layer polymers. For more information, contact Tsukruk at (515) 294-6904.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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