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Polymers and soft materials news, August 2016

By combining a covalent organic framework with a conducting polymer, scientists have produced an efficient electrode material for batteries.

Windows made of transparent wood could offer more even and consistent natural lighting and better energy efficiency than glass.

Novel strategy to control dental plaque relies on a catalytic iron oxide nanoparticles and hydrogen peroxide.

Using a roll-to-roll processing method, researchers have produced polymer-based solar cells with a conversion efficiency of more than 9.5%.

Find out who won a prize for their poster at EMRS Spring meeting 2016.

Jing-yang Wang is the recipient of the 2017 Acta Materialia Silver Medal.

John J. Jonas receives the 2017 Acta Materialia Gold Medal.

Glasses based on calcium and phosphate have been synthesized using soft chemistry at low temperatures with water as a solvent.

Researchers have 3D laser lithography to produce atomic force microscopy probes of any shape and with a radius down to just 25nm.

Using the centuries-old concept of bistable beams, researchers have developed a way to send mechanical signals through soft materials.

Scientists have developed a working lithium-ion battery that dissolves away in 30 minutes when dropped in water.

zwitterionic polymers – that contains an equal number of positively and negatively charged groups – can protect therapeutic proteins from immune response

Submit your abstract for the Fifth International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials from the 6 to 10 March 2017.

conductive and transparent metal-coated nanofiber mats that are both could make flexible electronic devices easier to produce

Bonding composite layers with carbon nanotubes produces a material that is substantially stronger than other advanced composites.

A new three-dimensional lattice structure can absorb a wide range of vibrations and also act as a load-bearing component.

Treating the biopolymer polylactic acid at various temperatures and pressures can induce a new, more robust polymer phase in the material.

The discovery that spider silk has a phonon band gap could lead to the development of novel acoustic and insulating materials.

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