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Polymers and soft materials news

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.

Dental decay gives up its secrets

Advanced synchrotron small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering reveals how dental caries evolve and the changes in structure of enamel at the nanoscale.

Nanowires could help restore impaired neurological functions involved in vision and movement

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

By mixing nanocrystals with polymers and ligands, scientists have found a way to switch between a liquid-like state and a solid-like state.

Researchers have developed a way to embed high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers, which can then be woven into fabrics.

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

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

A new material derived from crab shells and tree fibers has the potential to replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.

Publishing the proceedings from leading conference series.

A novel polymer material can change its structure in response to light, converting from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself.

Longer-lasting human skin equivalent alternative based on silk-collagen composite.

Researchers have developed a way to fabricate soft, porous materials via the self-assembly of metal-organic polyhedra made of rhodium atoms.

Custom-built parylene deposition system for a field-effect transistor.

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Professor Cyrille Boyer was awarded two awards at MACRO2018 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of polymer science.

By mixing and matching different materials, researchers have created a window coating that can prevent excessive heating and generate electricity.

Researchers have discovered that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions relax at two different rates after processing.

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