We’re so glad you asked!
A polymer network is like a three-dimensional net made out of long, molecular string. In MONET, we refer to the pieces of “string” as strands that are tied together at junctions (the “knots” in the netting, above). We are designing and synthesizing new strands and junctions that have remarkable properties, and learning how to optimize those molecular properties to have the greatest impact on overarching material performance.
Want to learn more?
There’s no better way, in our mind, to learn about what polymer networks are, and what they will one day be, than through our collaboration with Multiverse, entitled Art of Polymers. Art of Polymers combines great music (inspired by our Center activities) and short talks introducing core concepts and future possibilities.