The following information was part of our display for the SET96 and SET98 Scientific Power to the People Exhibition, The Galleries, Bristol, 20th and 21st March 1998.
以下信息是我们展示SET 96和SET 98科学力量给人民的展览的一部分，1998年3月20日和21日，布里斯托尔美术馆。
A POLYMER is a very long molecule rather like a very long piece of string.
The borax joins two molecules together to make a large network - rather like flexible scaffolding. This is cross-linking.
This turns the fluid dissolved polymer into a GEL.
In oil wells water is pushed down to push oil up. If this breaks through to the production well bore, the well will just produce water. A solution is to block the rock pores with polymer gel to make the well produce oil again. These gels can be made from naturally occurring sugar-based polymers such as Guar and they can be cross-linked with Cobalt or Chromium.
Other everyday examples of polymer gels are to be found in non-drip emulsion paints, foods, car tires and agrochemicals.
The polymer that we are using is POLYVINYL ALCOHOL and we are joining the strands together with BORAX. This gel, when colored, is sold in toyshops as SLIME.