New polyesters that can be used to protect against explosives and other toxic chemicals are being developed at a research institute in Bengaluru.
The institute, called Nanodrop, has been working on a series of polymers with the aim of improving the resilience of defence systems.
Its main goal is to make them resistant to the effects of toxic chemicals and other harmful substances.
The new materials were made by using a specialised process to combine two different materials that are highly resistant to chemical attack.
The material has been manufactured using a nanotube matrix.
The nanotubes can be coated with polyethylenimine or a different material that has an extremely high resistance to the toxic chemicals.
The researchers have now created three new polymers that can protect against the most toxic chemical known to man, benzene.
The polymers are called polyethylin, polyethylan, and polyethylpyrrolidone.
The names come from the famous chemical compound, known as phenylalanine.
The compound is also used as a stabiliser and is the primary metabolite in the body.
The polymer has a diameter of 10 microns and has an optical density of 2.5.
The researchers have already developed several prototypes and are testing them in the lab.