Polymer Whiskers Grown from Methyl 2-Cyanoacrylate Vapor

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Science  26 Mar 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3977, pp. 1246-1247
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3977.1246


Filaments of methyl 2-cyanoacrylate polymer were developed from the vapors of the monomer. While growing, the fibers seem to be chemically more active at their ends than along their sides, with this chemical specificity leading to a linearly ordered polymer structure. The number and character of the fibers are a function of the surface from which the fibers emanate and of the concentration of the monomer.