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Polymer chemistry

Wasted loops quantified

A method for dissecting the polymeric networks of gels enables the number of loops — strands that connect to themselves — within them to be counted. This allows network morphologies to be correlated with gel properties.

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Figure 1: Primary loops in cross-linked polymer networks.


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Balazs, A. Wasted loops quantified. Nature 493, 172–173 (2013).

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