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Polymers and soft materials news, May 2016

Adding a very small amount of graphene to rubber films can increase both their strength and elasticity by up to 50%.

Graphene aerogel has light touch

ultra-lightweight, biocompatible aerogel has been created from graphene oxide and a polymer

A new electronic material made from boron nitride nanosheets can heal all its functions automatically even after breaking multiple times.

Wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be reinforced with a mixture of graphene nanoribbons and a thermoset polymer.

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Researchers have demonstrated how an informatics-based adaptive design strategy can accelerate the discovery of new materials with targeted properties.

A silicone-based polymer applied to the skin as a thin coating can mimic the mechanical and elastic properties of healthy, youthful skin.

Researchers have developed microporous polymer membranes that can accurately separate molecules at a high processing rate.

Using tiny vesicles and liquid crystals, scientists have produced a synthetic model of a cell membrane.

hydrogel ‘skin’ emits light and senses pressure when stretched

new way of printing color images using interference nanostructures

Engineers have used metamaterials and 3D printing to develop a novel lens able to focus electromagnetic radiation at terahertz frequencies.

advance in electrospinning produces three-component core/shell nanocomposite fibers for drug delivery

Foam produced with 3D printing has better durability and long-term mechanical performance than conventional foam.

Scientists have worked out why large polymer microgel particles in an assembly will spontaneously shrink to the size of smaller neighboring particles.

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