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Polymers and soft materials news

Researchers have come up with a novel molecular approach for improving the piezoelectric properties of organic polymers.

A bio-inspired soft material can alter its properties by self-assembling into molecular superstructures and then disassembling on demand.

Designing a hydrogel for blood vessel formation.

A novel passive daytime radiative cooling polymer coating with nano-to-microscale air voids can act as a spontaneous air cooler on buildings.

Composite contains polymer component to protect metal hydride filler from exposure to air and moisture for stable hydrogen storage.

Self-healing, injectable, multifunctional wound dressing based on a micelle-hydrogel composite is flexible and comfortable enough for joint injuries.

A novel electron microscopy technique has probed the internal structure of a polyamide membrane used for reverse osmosis at nanoscale resolution.

Polystyrene thin films are twice as good as absorbing impact energy as other leading materials such as graphene.

Assembly of cell-laden microgels for cartilage tissue engineering.

Lipo-hydrogel drug carrier for bone regeneration.

Scientists have developed a novel 3D printing process for creating hydrogels with complex 3D shapes and motions.

A novel process for producing high-performance polymer gels combines spontaneous synthesis with fine control over molecular weight.

Novel composite membrane floats on top of the surface of water, absorbs sunlight, and produces vapor for clean water or to produce electricity.

Conductive, ecoresorbable inks used in 3D printing to form circuits, inductive antennas, sensors and implantable electronic medical devices.

New strategies could translate exceptional attributes of nanoscale fibers like carbon nanotubes and cellulose nanofibrils into macroscale materials.

Iron-based metal-organic framework (MOF) has microwave-absorbing properties.

Universal adhesive made up of equal amounts of liquid and solid polymers works in both air and underwater.

Synthesizing stronger spider silk.

New approach to reverse osmosis membranes, cuts energy, resources, improves efficiency.

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