Polymers and soft materials news, June 2016

Scientists have enhanced the light-harvesting abilities of solar cells by giving them a surface that replicates the structure of rose petals.

A lightweight sunshield has been developed to protect the mirrors and instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope from solar radiation.

First field-effect transistor made from solution processed colloidal nanoparticles.

HardwareX: New Open Access Journal for Open Source Hardware from Elsevier

Scientists have made ultra-thin solar cells from gallium arsenide that are flexible enough to wrap around the average pencil.

Read about the event at IMDEA Materials Institute, Madrid, Spain, which will honor Professor Subra Suresh.

By electroplating a nanofiber polymer mat, scientists have produced an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive.

Nanoparticles deliver anticancer drugs to tumors in the body more effectively than current medicines.

Graphene-based wearable patch provides noninvasive blood glucose monitoring for diabetic patients.

Scientists have unexpectedly found that pulling a multi-layered fiber causes the core material to break into many equal-sized pieces.

Scientists have used a terahertz laser to induce permanent changes in the conformation of a polymer, giving it an increased pattern of crystallization.

A highly flexible OLED with excellent efficiency uses graphene as a transparent electrode between layers of titanium dioxide and a conducting polymer.

Engineers from North Carolina State University, have developed a simple route to fabricating metallic wires at room temperature

By investigating the structure of the dactyl club used by mantis shrimp to bash prey, scientists have been able to develop new super-strong composites.

A novel ionic liquid can transform into a solid polymer when exposed to light and then return to liquid form when heated.

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