Quote:Building such composites requires a clear understanding of what’s happening when materials that aren’t necessarily compatible are combined.
Rouzbeh Shahsavari, left, and Navid Sakhavand analyzed the molecular interface between cement and a polymer in a new Langmuir paper. Photo by Jeff Fitlow
“This could have applications for composites in cars, airplanes and civil engineering materials,” Shahsavari said. “Here, our focus is on inorganic silicates like cement (a key strengthening component of concrete) interacting with a polymer to provide a hybrid composite with high toughness and ductility. Otherwise, cement by itself is a brittle material.”
I find this stuff fascinating.
I am reminded of this Star Trek scene.