Polymers and soft materials news, December 2015

Scientist have modeled a new hybrid material that can reconfigure itself into different shapes when exposed to light and heat.

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A new germanium nanofilm not only shimmers like an opal but is hard as a crystal, exceptionally thin and highly porous.

A smart wound dressing made from a stretchy hydrogel can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights and other electronics.

A new material consisting of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer boasts an outstanding ability to store energy.

A newly-developed polymer can minimize energy loss when converting sunlight to electricity in a solar cell.

A new boron nitride nanosheet can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents.

Scientists have produced a new kind of gold foam that is lighter than water and almost as light as air.

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