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"Originally found only in nature, polymers have over the past century been engineered by mankind to perform a myriad of tasks, from stopping bullets to healing the body to producing energy more efficiently."

(Left) Droplets of water (dyed blue) and oil (dyed red) on a model dip-coated surface possessing re-entrant texture. The dip-coating process enables a conformal coating of extremely low surface energy fluoroPOSS molecules on the solid substrate. (Cohen Group)



Polymers are versatile because their properties are so wide-ranging. The versatility becomes more profound in the copolymers made from multiple precursors, and polymers compounded with filler materials. Research in polymers encompasses the chemical reactions of their formation, methods of processing them into products, means of modifying their physical properties, and the relationship between the properties and the underlying molecular and solid phase structure.