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Polymer, propel thyself

A team of scientists in India, led by a Lehigh chemical engineering PhD, have developed a technique to that enables a polymer to propel itself up an incline while carrying a weight. Led by Dr. Animangsu Ghatak ’03 PhD, the team used swelling interactions of an elastomer that occurs when the elastomer is in contact with a solvent to successfully propel the cylinder up an incline. The work is inspired by the work of his former Ph.D. advisor, professor Manoj Chaudhury. This research, in its infancy, could have significant impact in application such as sensing or soft robotic components.

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