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Glue is a solution of a polymer in water. Adding sodium borate to glue produces a new type of polymer, which has been called Gluep (pronounced ′glüep). Gluep is relatively easy to prepare and has some unique properties. It is a gel-like substance with properties that are intermediate between those of a liquid and a solid. Thus, the polymer gel may flow and take the shape of its container, but it can also be molded into shapes and may be elastic, like -rubber.

Concepts

  • Polymers
  • Cross-linking
  • Ions