With support from the National Science Foundation, assistant professor Marilyn Minus will apply her research into designing materials stronger than Kevlar to create better synthetic collagen fibers and flame-retardant coatings.
Image courtesy of Marilyn Minus. Click for larger view. Forty years ago, Dupont Company revolutionized protective gear when they introduced Kevlar, a fiber made of super-strong, rigid polymer molecules belonging to a small class called aramids. Since then, improvements to strong textile fibers have been incremental. That’s because most flexible polymers…