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Polymers and soft materials news

New coating repels everything from water to peanut butter

Researchers have developed a smooth, durable, clear polymer coating that swiftly sheds water, oils, alcohols and even peanut butter.

Caffeine inspires biocompatible gel for chewable drugs

Using caffeine as a catalyst, researchers have devised a way to create gummy, biocompatible gels that could be used for medical applications.

A novel smart ink can produce 3D objects that change shape and color, such as reducing to 1% their original size with 10-times the resolution.

Coating the anode with a solid-electrolyte interphase has allowed the creation of a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery.

Inspired by a version of origami called kirigami, researchers have developed malleable electronic circuits that can be bent and twisted.

An aluminum-based material can quickly change how it reflects heat, by smoothing or wrinkling its surface after being stretched or electrically triggered.

A polymer thermal conductor with rigid, ordered monomer chains can conduct 10 times more heat than most commercially used polymers.

Using a nanoparticle 'supersoap', scientists have developed a way to print three-dimensional structures composed entirely of liquids.

Polyurethane/black phosphorous composite is a biodegradable, remotely trigged shape memory polymer.

Find out about the winners of this year's Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

Using a 3D layer of silicone as the substrate for a lithium metal anode can mitigate dendrite formation and dramatically extend battery life.

Adding a small molecule to act as an electron donor and enhance the absorption of the active layer can improve the efficiency of an organic solar cell.

A novel method for producing various albumin-based gels could allow them to be developed as implants for delivering drugs over extended periods.

Researchers have developed a new method for chemically bonding multiple soft materials independent of the manufacturing process.

Researchers have developed a new technique for printing electronic circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates using silver nanowires.

Researchers have shown that films of pencil graphite and a conductive co-polymer paint can produce a novel, cheap thermoelectric device.

Hybrid electrode material enables fast ion conduction through continuous ceramic fibers, flexibility, and ability to use polymer roll-to-roll processing.

A novel material made of liquid-metal particles embedded in a rubbery elastomer can stiffen by up to 300% when subjected to mechanical stress.

Scientists have written patterns in laser-induced graphene on food and other materials, offering a new way to produce conductive identification tags.

By binding metal ions to organic molecules, scientists have developed a novel 3D printing technique for fabricating complex nanoscale metal structures.

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