Posted January 03, 2018 06:12:33A new product that can be manufactured by creating a thin sheet of polyethylenimine or polyethylpropylene is to be developed.
The technology, developed by a team of researchers at the Australian National University, involves creating a new type of polystyrene called polyethylENE spray.
The researchers say their new material is “the first of its kind in the world to have a low thermal expansion coefficient, low moisture content and high thermal conductivity”.
The material is not a plastic, and is used in various applications, including medical devices, but is flexible enough to be manufactured with a single sheet.
“It can be cut and moulded and then you can add it to anything,” senior researcher Dr. Stephen Chisholm said.
The material can be used for a range of applications, such as in a high-tech fabric for clothing, medical devices and other high-performance, high-volume applications, he said.
Polyethylene is one of the most common synthetic polymers, and the Australian university team has been working with a range and shape variations of the material.
The team has created a thin film of polypropylene with an elasticity of between 1 and 1.5 times that of polyester, but its properties are a key difference.
The scientists say their polymer is flexible and can be formed into shapes of varying thickness, which is a key advantage for a variety of applications.
The new technology was developed in collaboration with a company called Natura.
The research was funded by the National Research Council, the Australian Science and Engineering Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.