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Polymers and soft materials news, November 2017

A little warmth helps composites heal

Self-healing composite has good mechanical properties and can be produced by conventional processing tools.

Biodegradable microparticles combat antibiotic resistance

Oxygen-containing chemical species with biocidal properties are an alternative to conventional antibiotics, which are susceptible to resistance.

By taking advantage of electrostatic charge, scientists have induced synthetic polymers to self-assemble in a defined sequence, just like proteins.

3D piezoelectric fibrous scaffold stimulate stem cell differentiation and tissue formation.

New elastomers at a stretch thanks to inspiration from nature.

Researchers have developed a 3D printing process that can create a chemically active catalytic object in a single step.

Inspired by the polymeric threads used by marine mussels, scientists have developed an elastomeric polymer that is both flexible and strong.

A marriage between 3D printer plastic and metal-organic frameworks could lead to inexpensive sensors and fuel cell batteries.

Luminescent nanoprobe enables noninvasive, real-time imaging of inflammation-associated diseases.

Harvesting energy from body heat to drive wearable thermoelectric generators.

Elastic surgical adhesive developed.

How cephalopods control their texture influences new stretchable material.

Inspired by the octopus, engineers have developed polymer-based stretchable surfaces with programmable 3D texture morphing.

3D nanoelectronic system made up of stacked layers of carbon nanotube transistors and random-access memory cells could improve computational devices.

Fluorine transforms the two-dimensional, ceramic insulator hexagonal boron nitride into a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties.

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