Article in Nature Nanotechnology reports a new class of liquid metal elastomer nanocomposites created using atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). This work was done in collaboration with Krzysztof Matyjaszewski in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Chemistry.
ATRP is a cutting edge polymerization technique that opens the door for incorporating liquid metal nanodroplets in a vast range of polymer systems. This includes thermoplastic elastomers that can be melted and printed using a 3D printer. The addition of liquid metal allows engineers and chemists to tune the thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of the polymer to achieve unique combinations of material properties never before possible.
For more details, check out the full article in Nature Nanotechnology.