Plastic That Can Instantly Change Its Surface Texture

Plastic That Can Instantly Change Its Surface Texture
technology

Engineers create a polymer material that can change patterns in a split a second.

Yi Chen
  • 19 march 2012


Xuanhe Zhao, an assistant professor at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, has come up with a new plastic material that can morph its surface texture in less than a second. The texture pattern can be transformed from dots and circles, to segments and lines. What this essentially means is that if you have a smartphone cover made from this material, you can alter the surface to become more coarse for a better grip, or more smooth so it can sit evenly on a glass table.

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