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Composites news, August 2018

Multi-material smart material prototype based on seed coat of some plants.

Synthetic biology inspires smart materials

Synthetic biology protein and polymer building blocks are used to construct ‘smart’ materials systems that can perceive and process information.

The puzzle-like wavy structure of the seed coat found in some grasses could hold the secret to creating smart materials that are both flexible and strong.

Fire-resistant wallpaper based on inorganic nanowires and graphene oxide (GO) thermal sensors sounds an alarm in the event of fire.

Researchers have created self-folding 3D structures by attaching paperboard sheets with specific patterns to a polymer substrate.

Could carbon nanotubes give us stronger Kevlar bullet-proof vests?

Researchers have developed magnetic elastomeric composites that move in different ways when exposed to light, such as bending, twisting and expanding.

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