Polymer brushes are substances with a range of medical and environmental uses – environmentally friendly cleaning products, environmental remediation, minerals processing, biotechnology, sensors, drug delivery, and membranes – but the way they behave at the nano level isn’t entirely clear.
Cosmos spoke to Dr Andrew Nelson, an instrument scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Dr Isaac Gresham, a recent PhD graduate from the University of New South Wales, and Hayden Robertson, a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, about their research on polymer brushes.
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