Polymers and soft materials news, September 2015

Scientists have used imperfections running through liquid crystals as a template for the synthesis of novel materials.

Environmental impact of green composites based on nanocellulose-reinforced epoxy composites.

A novel method for combining proteins and synthetic polymers could produce biomaterials with unprecedented properties.

A new stretchable, transparent conductor can be stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue.

Scientists have developed complex self-folding structures using components made from smart shape-memory polymers.

Combining super-resolution microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy produces a new technique for studying pores.

Scientists have discovered that plastics don't need to possess ordered polymer chains in order to conduct electricity.

Elsevier celebrate Kris Matyjaszewski’s 65th Birthday with a Special Issue of polymer on Macromolecular Engineering dedicated to him.

A newly developed polymer material can emit light of different colors in response to a wide variety of external conditions.

A single drop of water can repair tears in a novel biopolymer derived from the suckers on squid tentacles.

The inner space of carbon nanotubes can act as a template for the synthesis of nanodiamond-like carbon chains.

Scientists have successfully wrapped up droplets in thin polymer sheets.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £5.4 million grant for research into new advanced biomaterials in healthcare.

Engineers have created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like velcro.

Read our latest special issue on Self-Healing Polymers.

Polymer scaffolding has allowed scientists to see how plant cells behave and interact with each other in a 3D environment.

Scientists in the US have taken advantage of a sponge-like gel called a ‘cryogel’ to produce a novel type of cancer vaccine.

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