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

Using non-ionic polymer nanoparticles that shine different colors depending on their size, scientists have developed a coating process for coloring metals.

Two new discoveries provide a way to ‘stencil’ 2D materials in precise locations and overcome a barrier to their use in next-generation electronics.

Using an electron beam, scientists have patterned thin polymer films with individual features as small as 1nm separated by just 11nm.

A novel artificial solid-electrolyte interphase made from an ionic polymer can help prevent capacity fade in lithium-oxygen batteries.

Researchers have found a simple way to reduce the number of loops in a polymer network and thus strengthen materials made from polymers.

There will be four awards of $2,000 each for Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia.

A novel cartilage-mimicking hydrogel may allow surgeons to 3D print meniscus implants that are custom-shaped to each patient's anatomy.

A new sensor molecule can repeatedly brighten when the material it is incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress.

Molecular crystal lattice made up of fullerene molecules called fullerite has outstanding stiffness and hardness.

Scientists have developed a novel process for 3D printing structures using an ink made from simulants of Martian and lunar dust.

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Using block copolymers on chemically-patterned templates, scientists have developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires.

Advances in polymerization have enabled their use in cosmetics, drugs, biomedical devices, paints, coatings, adhesives, and microelectronics

Using polymer strands that contain a liquid metal alloy, scientists have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers.

A new method can select semiconducting carbon nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

A new self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts.

Injecting charge carriers can promote a chemical reaction that converts a polymer precursor into a graphene nanoribbon.

A group of Canadian researchers have investigated the optimal design for lightweight armour, using 3D printing and mechanical testing.

A new self-assembly technique using block copolymers can produce some of the narrowest wires yet for use on computer chips.

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