An overlay of three images at successive points during the force-induced chemical change. The strands represent polymer molecules attached to the mechanophore. The blue image is the start of the reaction. Elongation of the polymer caused by flow places tension on the mechanophore. The yellow image represents the end of the reaction. The green gradient in the background represents the velocity of the solvent molecules rushing past the polymer (the darker the color, the faster the solvent velocity).
[credit: Dorothy Loudermilk and Ashley Levato, UIUC]
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