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A polymer that disappears in sunlight has been designed

The effect of sunlight is surely one of the most powerful forces on the planet. And that is something that the United States army understands perfectly. Who has been interested in a new polymer. Whose main virtue is found in its dematerialization by the effect of the sun.

Why is this polymer important to the United States Army? Because it could be used for covert operations, avoiding leaving a trace. It would be a “vampire” material. Which destroys itself with the contact of the sun, or, when a button is pressed that volatilizes its matter.

That is, once the polymer’s utility is completed, it can be destroyed remotely. Paul Kohl is the name of the scientist in charge of this polymer. Who indicates that the degradation of this material is activated from the moment a person activates a button in its inner mechanism.

Initially the polymer melted with the effect of electric light

For the army of the United States, that there is a material of this caliber, capable of being destroyed by the effect of sunlight, is a great alternative for the manufacture of drones or other military vehicles. Paul Kohl indicates that initially it was worked on a highly photosensitive material in ultraviolet light. What allowed to study in depth the material in well-lit environments.

The issue is that the fluorescent light was able to transform this material into a liquid, or else it was in charge of vaporizing it. Work was also done on other polymer alternatives. Until finally it could be synthesized in a product capable of resisting electric light. Now only the sun can take on the task of disintegrating it.

The decomposition process that this polymer receives is known as depolymerization. It is a process that scientists have managed to control and mature over time. And even more now that it has integrated the option to enhance its destruction using a remote device.

A new stage in the world of polymers

The only thing that can worry about the decomposition of this polymer is that it can take up to 3 hours. Scientists believe it could be very useful for studying natural species and ecosystems. Since thanks to its ability to disintegrate, its impact on nature would be minimal.

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