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Scientists have developed a method for pulling super-stretchy and strong fibers with properties similar to spider silk out of a hydrogel.

A new low-temperature solution printing technique can fabricate high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals.

Carbon nanofiber electrodes coated with a conductive polymer and bacteria can generate electricity while cleaning wastewater.

Using a new polymer material that undulates when illuminated, scientists have developed the first device for converting light directly into walking.

Scientists have found that amorphous regions of a polymer film can transport ions, while crystalline regions are better at conducting electrons.

Mimicking useful properties of melanin-like materials.

Tracking and controlling dynamic molecular vibrations.

Mimic nacre toughens up polymer nanocomposites.

By controlling how nanoparticles self-assemble at three different length scales, scientists have produced a tough and strong polymer nanocomposite.

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an engineered polymer nanoparticle can switch off the signal that drives the growth of blood vessels in biological tissue

Electrodes consisting of nanoparticles tethered to the surface of a charge collector using short organic conductors could revolutionize energy storage.

Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is a natural material with hard and soft components that attains high stiffness, strength, and fracture toughness.

Graphene oxide can crosslink and reinforce rubber in a single easy step to improve mechanical properties.

Gleb Yushin has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards.

An enzyme called TdT can be used to build synthetic biomaterials that could find use in applications ranging from drug delivery to nanowires.

A novel silicon nanoparticle composite material for battery anodes could lead to more reliable and longer-lasting batteries.

A newly-developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length.

A new 3D printing process can produce stretchable electronic devices that could let robots feel and be printed directly on human skin.

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