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Brief Published: 25 Apr 2012

Pattern Changing Plastic


Xuanhe Zhao – an assistant professor at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering in North Carolina – has developed a plastic polymer that changes texture under the influence of an electric current.

Zhao’s material innovation has the potential to provide new opportunities for surface finish and patterning techniques, allowing plastics to have either rough or smooth surfaces on demand. The material engineer cited the discovery as important for the product design sector, suggesting that dynamic patterns used for grip and traction could be varied to fit specific purposes.

Zhao Group