Tiny Shape-Shifting Polymers Developed for Potential Medical Applications

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Professor Julia Greer has developed a process for generating three-dimensional architected polymers with heat-dependent "shape memory" properties: that is, when heated, the material folds and unfolds itself into a new preordained shape. These shape memory polymers could one day be used to perform complex tasks inside the human body, such as unclogging a blocked artery or pulling out a blood clot. [Caltech story]

Professor Julia Greer

Professor Julia Greer

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