Topic of the Month July 2016

"Mineral plastic" with great potential for the future

Scientist found a new water- and salt-based approach to design bio-inspired materials for "Mineral Plastics". Source: istock / ViktorCap

In simple words: Synthesis of a plastic (supramolecular ACC / PAA hydrogel) by mixing calcium chloride , sodium and polyacrylic acid (PAA) in water ( ACC: amorphous calcium carbonate). Photo: University of Konstanz