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Online ISSN: 1521-4095
Associated Title(s): Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Materials Technologies, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Science, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Cover Picture: Combinatorial Material Mechanics: High-Throughput Polymer Synthesis and Nanomechanical Screening (Adv. Mater. 21/2005)
The automated synthesis and nanomechanical characterization of discrete combinatorial arrays of polymers enables high-throughput discovery and analysis of compliant, functional materials, as shown by Van Vliet and co-workers on p. 2599. The cover illustrates a triplicate array of 576 polymers automatically printed on a glass microscope slide, where each spot represents a pairwise, systematically varied composition among 24 different monomers. Overlaid on the image of this triplicate array is a differential interference contrast image of a single nanoliter-scale polymer volume. In less than twenty-four hours of synthesis and mechanical characterization, the stiffness of each polymer is determined and related to key monomer structures and volume fractions thereof.