Mechanical properties news, August 2015

Scientists have invented a glue that hardens when a voltage is applied to it, allowing it to be used in wet and damp conditions.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £6.65 million grant for research into new advanced energy materials.

A new fabrication method allows unstable 2D materials to be isolated as single atomic layers for the first time.

A team of judges have completed the evaluation of nominees for the 2014 Acta Student Awards.

Electronic devices that use DNA to harvest energy from motion.

Dutch chemists have developed a novel kind of polymer than can report when it changes shape.

The softness of a new dry silicone rubber can be tailored to match a variety of biological tissues.

The study and development of atomically thin coatings will be the focus of a new, one-of-a-kind university/industry center.

Scientists have developed a new hydrogel that stretches and contracts in response to changing temperature.

Magnetic nanoparticles encased in oily liquid shells spontaneously form chains on exposure to a magnetic field.

An unusual amorphous metal alloy known as a bulk metallic glass could increase the longevity of stents, which are used to to open up blocked arteries.

Scientists have developed an entirely new material spun out of boron, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen.

A novel combination of graphene wrapped around nanodiamond particles can reduce friction to near zero.

Researchers have confirmed that Li ions prefer to aggregate at and move along defects like twin boundaries in battery electrode materials.

Patterning metallic biomedical dental and hip implants with tiny grooves could improve biocompatibility with the body and reduce adverse reactions.

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