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Polymers and soft materials news

Volume 232

A novel composite material based on a metal-organic framework that can destroy toxic nerve agents has been integrated with textile fibers.

Droplets containing chain-like liquid crystal molecules with different lengths can transform into complex shapes when the temperature drops.

A novel polymer sponge covered in nanocrystalline silicon can remove over 90% of oil microdroplets from wastewater within 10 minutes.

A new method for the solid-state thermal processing of silk allows the biopolymer to be molded directly into bulk parts with tunable properties.

A novel polymer can quickly transform from a thermal conductor to an insulator, and back again, in response to temperature changes.

A plastic wrap with a nanostructured, chemically treated surface can repel everything that comes into contact with it, including viruses and bacteria.

More durable materials from 3D printing of polymers

Automating polymer synthesis with robotics

New color fabric approach that helps control its spread of disease

A new magnetic shape-memory polymer can be transformed into a variety of different shapes with magnetic fields and then be locked into place.

By taking advantage of polarons and plasmons, researchers have been able to develop optical nanoantennas from a conducting polymer.

Robotic high throughput polymer generation

A synthetic actuator made from thermo-responsive liquid crystal polymer networks and a coat of dye can learn to bend and walk in response to light.

A new ion-transport membrane technology based on microporous polymers could reduce the cost of storing energy and purifying water.

By encapsulating perovskite nanocrystals in both silica and plastic hairs, researchers have enhanced their ability to withstand moisture.

Using an electron microscope, researchers have unlocked the fundamental physics of how roughness affects soft material adhesion to a surface.

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