Polymers and soft materials news, December 2013

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A Duke research team has developed a better recipe for synthetic replacement cartilage in joints.

The materials created by scientists start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers.

A project where no fewer than twenty researchers from five universities worldwide have collaborated to prove that polymers can also be semimetals.

Researchers of Technische Universität München have, for the first time, watched organic solar cells degrade in real time.

Researchers have added to a family of engineered, high-tech materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): the ability to conduct electricity.

Scientists at SISSA and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia are researching micro-robotics, a field that represents a challenge for the future.

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Researchers have developed a novel fiber where one side is flexible cotton and the other side is a conductive polymer.

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By modifying thermoset plastics with a chemical linker, chemists have made them much easier to break down while retaining their mechanical strength.

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