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Composites news, February 2018

Novel smart material stiffens up when stressed

A novel material made of liquid-metal particles embedded in a rubbery elastomer can stiffen by up to 300% when subjected to mechanical stress.

Hydrogen bonds essential for tough composite materials

Computer models show that the right mix of hydrogen bonds is critical for producing polymer and cement composites that are strong, tough and ductile.

By employing graphene girders as physical supports, scientists have been able to replace graphite with silicon in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries.

‘Dual-mode’ radiative thermal management textile can provide both warming and cooling.

Ordering C-S-H mesocrystals using polymeric binder creates strong and flexible hybrid material.

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