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Polymers and soft materials news, March 2017

Waterproof breathable textiles market set for massive growth.

Korean researchers have developed an implantable supercapacitor that could be used to power future medical devices.

To celebrate the latest CiteScoreTracker value of 5.57, the Editor-in-Chief highlights three key articles.

Additive allows immiscible polymers to be bonded in recycling scheme.

Water-based, biocompatible ink formulations of two-dimensional materials including graphene, MoS2, WS2, and hexagonal boron nitride.

Nanostructured scaffold material impregnated with immunosuppressive drugs encourages nerve regrowth in implanted replacement teeth.

3D printing with cellulose made easier and cheaper.

Scientists have combined silicon nanosheets with a polymer to produce a composite material that is UV-resistant and easy to process.

Cellulose could offer a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently for 3D printing, thanks to a novel 3D printing process.

Scientists have shown that covering surfaces with nanocones confers anti-fogging properties on them.

Researchers have found a way to remotely control the order in which a 2D sheet folds itself into a 3D structure using different wavelengths of light.

A portable device for fabricating aligned nanofibers could be used to dress wounds on a battlefield or dress shoppers in customizable fabrics.

Aerosols could hold unique advantages for fabricating CNT layers for thin-film transistors.

The deadline is Monday 13 March 2017.

Colloidal spheres can self-assemble into diamond and pyrochlore crystal structures that form the basis for photonic crystals.

A new bioinspired technique can transform silk protein into complex materials that are easily programmable at the nano-, micro- and macro-scales.

The deadline is Monday 13 March 2017.

Nano-sized drug depots show a constant rate of release for a model drug over 36 hours.

Materials that mimic the biological and physical properties of heart valve tissue could help repair and regenerate damaged or diseased valves

The first nonreciprocal mechanical metamaterial can easily transfer motion effortlessly in one direction while blocking it in the other.

A matrix made of gelatin nanofibers on a synthetic polymer microfiber mesh could provide a better way to culture human stem cells.

A new, thermally-conductive rubber material could represent a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.

A new family of highly stretchable and UV curable elastomers can be stretched by up to 1100%, making them suitable for 3D printing techniques.

Scientists have managed to reverse a material’s Hall coefficient, by fabricating it as a ring mesh structure at a micrometer scale.

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