A crosslink is a chemical bond that links one polymer chain to another. Adding crosslinks can enhance the strength of polymers, and can improve performance at high temperatures. In this collaboration between Epic Ventures Inc and the Wulff Research Group at the University of Victoria, we are inventing a new family of chemical crosslinkers that will literally work with any polymer that contains carbonhydrogen bonds. This includes plastics like polyethylene and polypropylene that are usually considered to be chemically inert.
As an added benefit, these novel crosslinking agents will function as universal adhesives, allowing us to glue inert plastics together with strong carboncarbon bonds. Additionally, we will be able to add functionality (dyes, sensors, etc.) to previously inert plastic materials. The potential applications for this new technology range from ballistic fabrics to medical implants and smart bandages.
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