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Polymers and soft materials news, July 2017

Material with both flexibility and stiffness inspired by nature

Composite materials combining properties of both flexibility and stiffness.

New technique improves perovskite solar cells

Meniscus-assisted technique could lead to high efficiency perovskite films.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Researchers in Developing Countries.

Find out who will receive one of the 2016 Acta student awards.

Scientists have increased the stiffness, or ‘elastic modulus’, of a soft silicon-based polymer by infusing it with tiny pockets of liquid gallium.

Scientists have developed a method for pulling super-stretchy and strong fibers with properties similar to spider silk out of a hydrogel.

A new low-temperature solution printing technique can fabricate high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals.

Carbon nanofiber electrodes coated with a conductive polymer and bacteria can generate electricity while cleaning wastewater.

Using a new polymer material that undulates when illuminated, scientists have developed the first device for converting light directly into walking.

Scientists have found that amorphous regions of a polymer film can transport ions, while crystalline regions are better at conducting electrons.

Mimicking useful properties of melanin-like materials.

Tracking and controlling dynamic molecular vibrations.

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