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MASSACHUSETTS – In what could prove to be a major breakthrough in fibre technology, researchers at MIT have developed a process for turning inexpensive polyethylene into ultrafine fibres with performance properties on par with Kevlar or carbon fibres.

The new process, combining gel spinning with electrical forces, is described in a paper by MIT professor of chemical engineering Gregory Rutledge and postdoc Jay Park that will be published in the February edition of the Journal of Materials Science.

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