Polymers and soft materials

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Researchers have derived governing equations that describe and explain why adding liquid inclusions to elastomers gives them novel properties.

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electrochemical modification of carbon fibers makes polymer composites tougher

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Researchers have found a new structure, which they term a bilayer-folded lamellar mesophase, in an aqueous solution of an amphiphilic copolymer.

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By combining semiconductors with flexible polymers, researchers have created a thermoelectric coating for converting low-grade heat into electrical power.

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Researchers have developed a polymer surface that can switch betweeen capturing and releasing biomolecules in response to an electrical signal.

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A novel method for upcycling the widely used plastic acrylonitrile butadiene styrene gives it better properties for 3D printing.

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fluorescent silk tag authenticates medicines and alcohol

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Researchers have created a simple-to-make, recyclable polymer fiber that can perform like a muscle actuator.

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A membrane produced by embedding a metal-organic framework into a polymer can remove hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide from natural gas.

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Higher-eigen-mode imaging has revealed that a flexible semiconducting polymer has a ‘fruitcake’ structure with harder and softer regions.

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