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Polymers and soft materials news, February 2018

Novel smart material stiffens up when stressed

A novel material made of liquid-metal particles embedded in a rubbery elastomer can stiffen by up to 300% when subjected to mechanical stress.

Graphene displays labeling abilities on toast, coconuts and potatoes

Scientists have written patterns in laser-induced graphene on food and other materials, offering a new way to produce conductive identification tags.

By binding metal ions to organic molecules, scientists have developed a novel 3D printing technique for fabricating complex nanoscale metal structures.

Tandem-repeat synthetic proteins work as proton conductors.

Memory polymers for light-driven separations.

Researchers have employed the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive, semiconducting quantum dots as a catalyst.

Computer models show that the right mix of hydrogen bonds is critical for producing polymer and cement composites that are strong, tough and ductile.

Researchers have identified a mechanism that triggers shape-memory phenomena in the organic crystals used in plastic electronics.

By combining two different types of silicone, researchers have been able to produce silicone parts with complex geometries by 3D printing.

‘Dual-mode’ radiative thermal management textile can provide both warming and cooling.

Ordering C-S-H mesocrystals using polymeric binder creates strong and flexible hybrid material.

Inks based on graphene and other two-dimensional materials enable the printing of washable and biocompatible electronics on cotton and polyester textiles.

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