Polymers and soft materials news, November 2015

A new material combines the flexibility of polymer gels with the rigid structure of metal-based clusters.

Using a clay-based electrolyte, scientists have developed a lithium-ion battery that can work at high temperatures.

Novel sandwich like sensor made up of graphene and polymer layers could identify damage and structural changes in materials or the human body.

Halloysite clay nanotubes for drug delivery.

A novel synthetic, sticky hydrogel can adhere to a wide range of surfaces with a toughness comparable to the bond between cartilage on bone.

A novel gel can extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste to form a hybrid nanomaterial.

Scientists have uncovered 'sweet points' in time as dental cement sets, when it starts to approach the toughness of teeth.

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