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Polymers and soft materials news

Build a better biomimetic bone

Depositing an organic polymer as highly aligned crystals produces a transparent, flexible coating with high electrical conductivity.

German Research Foundation honours Dr. Baptiste Gault with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award

plastic waste in seawater breaks down and dissolves into organic molecules much more quickly than expected when exposed to sunlight

highly porous polymer foam that mimic bone marrow drives the differentiation of blood-forming stem cells

A combination of 3D printing and photo-controlled/living polymerization can produce objects that transform their shape in response to certain conditions.

Researchers have formulated design rules that guide how ribosomes can incorporate new kinds of monomers to produce synthetic polymers.

Researchers have developed a novel polymer coating that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet.

Polymer coating to make a non-stick toilet bowl

New class of polymers brings cheaper grid batteries

A lightweight polymer material full of holes, inspired by theoretical nanotube structures called tubulanes, is nearly as hard as diamond.

Embedding electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics to improve electronic devices

A material that mimics the organs targeted by autoimmune cells could draw these cells away from vulnerable body tissues

By juggling four different chemical reactions in a single flask, researchers have combined four polymers to form a single multicrystalline substance.

By applying an intermittent electrical field, researchers have managed to get blue-phase liquid crystals to adopt novel structures with novel properties.

Researchers have found that a class of polymers known as AquaPIMs can produce an ideal membrane for use in a flow battery.

By analyzing the atomic structure of scandium fluoride, scientists have discovered why certain crystalline materials shrink when they're heated.

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