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In New Material, Color and Thermal Properties Can Be Tuned Separately

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 4, 2019 — Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have optically engineered a polymer material to allow its color and thermal properties to be tailored independently of each other. The new films simultaneously provide light weight, conformability, either visual coloring or transparency on demand, and passive thermal management through conduction and radiation. To fabricate the films, the team started with a mixture of polyethylene powder and a chemical solvent. Nanoparticles were added to the mixture to give the film the desired color. For example, to make black film, the...Read full article

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