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Polymers and soft materials news, May 2017

A newly-developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length.

A new 3D printing process can produce stretchable electronic devices that could let robots feel and be printed directly on human skin.

Using non-ionic polymer nanoparticles that shine different colors depending on their size, scientists have developed a coating process for coloring metals.

Two new discoveries provide a way to ‘stencil’ 2D materials in precise locations and overcome a barrier to their use in next-generation electronics.

Using an electron beam, scientists have patterned thin polymer films with individual features as small as 1nm separated by just 11nm.

A novel artificial solid-electrolyte interphase made from an ionic polymer can help prevent capacity fade in lithium-oxygen batteries.

Researchers have found a simple way to reduce the number of loops in a polymer network and thus strengthen materials made from polymers.

There will be four awards of $2,000 each for Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia.

A novel cartilage-mimicking hydrogel may allow surgeons to 3D print meniscus implants that are custom-shaped to each patient's anatomy.

A new sensor molecule can repeatedly brighten when the material it is incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress.

Molecular crystal lattice made up of fullerene molecules called fullerite has outstanding stiffness and hardness.

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