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block copolymer self-assembly combined with 3D printing creates ceramics with nano- to microscale porosity

New curing technique speeds up direct ink writing

Researchers have come up with a method for turning 3D printable polymers into lightweight, ultra-tough, biocompatible hybrid carbon microlattices.

Researchers have created the first example of an engineering material that can simultaneously sense, think and act upon mechanical stress.

A novel coordination polymer based on lead and sulfur can act as an efficient photocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide to formate.

Researchers have developed a method for producing high-strength carbon fiber from chemically modified lignin and polyacrylonitrile.

Using thin-film metal oxides and perovskites, researchers have created fuel-producing artificial leaves that are light enough to float on water.

Making surfaces superhydrophobic without using chemicals

Researchers have developed a hydrogel that is stronger and more durable than natural cartilage, making it ideal for use in knee implants.

Researchers have developed a novel polymerization technique that can control the molecular weight of polymers.

Researchers have printed structures that use air-filled channels to sense how they are moving and interacting with the environment.

Researchers have developed a transistor made from graphene and the polymer nafion that can operate like synapses in the brain.

Using melamine to efficiently capture CO2 from flue gases

Polymer computing chip tracks health in real time

Using sandpaper and a selection of powders, researchers have come up wth a simple method to make surfaces superhydrophobic.

Using an inexpensive polymer called melamine, researchers have created a cheap, easy and energy-efficient way to capture carbon dioxide.

By applying a 19th-century color photography technique to holographic materials, researchers were able to print large-scale images onto elastic materials.

By modulating the thermal switching temperature of block copolymers, researchers have come up with a novel way to cool electronic devices.

Researchers have developed a polymer that can be tailored for different uses and recycled back into its component monomers efficiently and indefinitely.

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