In many applications, obtaining thicker polymer layers upon surface initiated radical polymerization would be advantageous. Towards this goal a better theoretical understanding of the mechanisms behind chain growth is crucial.
Rejection or diminished functionability of implants are frequent problems. A new type of coating could limit associated infections and inflammations.
Artificial cactus spines, which can collect fog from the air, have been constructed by a research group from Beihang University. This water-harvesting method is of great interest in a world where water is becoming more scarce.