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Polymers and soft materials

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For the first time, researchers have managed to create an anti-ordered state with liquid crystals, where they avoid aligning along a certain direction.

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Researchers have developed a new design method that shows promise in allowing the efficient fabrication of soft robots using a 3D printer.

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Engineers have shown that 3D printing can be used to create metamaterials with unique microwave or optical properties.

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By carefully stretching polymers like polyethylene, researchers have been able to produce colorful films with a range of heat-radiating capabilities.

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A hot-drawing technique for processing plastics can create transparent polythene film that is stronger than aluminium but a fraction of the weight.

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Scientists have theorized a new ‘oil-and-vinegar’ approach for inducing spherical nanoparticles to self-assemble into unusual architectures.

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Engineers have used 4D printing to produce smart materials that can change from stiff to soft in response to temperature changes.

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A new dual-polymer hydrogel able to respond dynamically to its environment could find use in a variety of ‘soft robotic’ and biomedical applications.

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Researchers have used machine learning to create molecular models for faster screening of materials such as organic electronics.

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Materials Today Interview with Prof Philip Demokritou from Harvard University about nanomaterial toxicology.

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