Polymers and soft materials news, March 2016

Fibers with gills help cells grow

Polymer fibers with ‘gills’ that resemble the underside of a mushroom could improve tissue engineering approaches to bone repair.

Taiwanese researchers suggest that graphene’s high thermal conductivity could further improve the lifetime of LEDs.

Scientists have developed a renewable thermoplastic by replacing the styrene in acrylonitrile butadiene styrene with lignin from wood.

A new hybrid material featuring a combination of rigid metal and soft, porous rubber foam can be either stiff or elastic as required.

European Commission EUR 3 million challenge for materials solutions to reduce concentration of particulates in urban areas

By coating transparent elastomers with silver nanowires, scientists have developed a novel technique for quickly changing the opacity of a window.

A novel ice-repellent coating made from a blend of common synthetic rubbers can cause ice to slide off surfaces.

Details of the five finalists for Elsevier's Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.

Wrapping graphene in a specially prepared polymer produces an effective support for gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells.

A new machine learning tool can predict a theoretical polymer's electronic properties from its atomic configuration.

A novel electroluminescent ‘skin’ can stretch to more than six times its original size while still emitting light.

A new metamaterial made from specially-patterned polymeric materials can separate and concentrate chemical compounds.

Poly(ε-caprolactone) used as a scaffold to mimic the pre-metastatic niche

By depositing tiny titanium oxide crystals on a rubber-like material, scientists have developed a novel device for manipulating light.

Realistic facial expressions may be coming to a robot near you, thanks to work from engineers in Singapore.

See your image on the cover of Nano Today in 2016.

biomaterials based on seaweed-derived alginate could improve polyurethanes used to repair cardiac and vascular tissue

A novel anti-fouling coating comprises a hydrophilic polymer that forms strong covalent bonds with various materials.

Researchers have developed a new polymer suited for photostructuring, a technique for creating micro-scale shapes.

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