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Polymers and soft materials news

Organic semiconductors improved by polymer combination

easy way to make large, freestanding, thin sheets of metallic materials could open up novel applications in catalysis, flexible electronics, soft robotics

3D supercapacitors knitted from cotton or nylon yarn coated with a novel conductive material could power smart textiles

Transparent, self-healing, ice-resistant polymers

By combining two different polymers, researchers have managed to produce an ink that does not require any doping to conduct electricity.

A novel nickel-iron catalyst and polymer electrode binder can produce hydrogen from water as well as a precious metal catalyst.

Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser is using an Agents of Change grant to empower women in academia

Researchers used surface spectroscopy methods to track polymer self-assembly at the oil-water interface in real time.

By changing density in response to illumination with a beam of light, a novel hydrogel can trap light inside specific sections of itself.

Researchers have used small molecules that fluoresce after the impact of mechanical force to detect damage in fiber-reinforced polymers.

green membranes based on natural materials surpass state-of-the-art membranes for desalination, cleaning up wastewater, and purifying organic solvents

Lead-absorbing polymer films can prevent toxic lead leaking from perovskite solar cells while have no effect on their performance.

Researchers have found why some topological materials are 'fragile', unable to conduct current on their surface, and how to restore their conductivity.

Using a low-powered laser, researchers have been able to fabricate graphene features as small as 12µm onto the surface of a polymer.

A novel co-polymer that can conduct ions and is also highly permeable to oxygen could make an ideal membrane for use in hydrogen fuel cells.

Researchers incorporated protein pores found in cell membranes at high density into polymer sheets to produce highly efficient filtration membranes.

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