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NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

IKV researchers report thermoplastic/metal hybrid materials for Direct manufacturing electronic part

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MIT team aims to develop application specific surgical adhesives to seal tissues

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Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

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University of Texas at Austin researchers show use of polymer membranes for fracking in shale gas

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Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

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Stanford Univ researchers make Jell-O-like conducting polymer hydrogels

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Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

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A team of Chinese scientists has developed a “cool-roof” coating mimicking the poplar tree leaf.  The poplar tree leaves has microfibers beneath its leaves. It allows them to reflect both light and heat from the sun. In other words, when the sun shines directly on the tree, the tree turns its leaves upside down to protect the insides of the leaves from high heat and consequently the loss of moisture from it.  By this way the light is reflected rather than absorbed. It is that simple.  Can this idea be transformed to cool your roof?  Not yet!

Chinese researchers used electrospun polymers to produce microfibers like poplar tree leaves. To test their idea, they coated the film with hydrophobic diarylethene which changes colour from red to colorless in presence of visible light due to structural changes (closed ring to an open one). The test showed promise.  The issue is the durability of the polymeric material under heat, wind, and cold when put on your roof.

[Ref:  C. Ye, M. Li, J. Hu, Q. Cheng, L.Jiang and Y. Song, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, Advance Article. DOI:10.1039/C0EE00686F]