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Scientists Have Created Self-Destructing Polymers Disintegrate In Daylight

A polymer that self-destructs? While once a fictional idea, new polymers now exist that are rugged enough to ferry packages or sensors and vaporize immediately upon a mission’s completion.

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To do this, the researchers incorporated into the polymer a photosensitive additive, which absorbs light and catalyzes depolymerization.//American Chemical Society

These polymers could also be used someday in building materials or environmental sensors. These research findings were presented at the American Chemical Society’s Fall 2019 National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

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