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Polymers and soft materials news, May 2018

Composite metamaterial bends the rules

Ceramic nanolattice architecture creates ultralight, mechanically reliable composite materials.

New electronic textiles can take the heat

Pyroprotein-based electronic textiles are durable and simple to make for applications such as energy harvesting.

Scientists have produced nanostructured artificial fibers that mimic the impressive optical properties of fibers produced by the Madagascar comet moth.

A glass-polymer composite known as glassomer can be milled, laser-machined or processed in CNC machines just like a conventional polymer.

A novel method for producing disperse carbon nanotubes at high concentrations can create a gel, paste and kneadable dough.

Better than warm leatherette.

A cure for energy-demanding polymer components.

Combination of sulfolane and a metal salt makes a stable electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries that overcomes shortcomings of conventional electrolytes.

A new curing process takes advantage of the chemical bonds in a polymer resin to send a cascading hardening wave through the polymer.

Ceramic transition metal nanoparticle complexes coated with amino acids combine optical properties and chiral asymmetry.

The Acta Journals are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Reviewer awards for excellence in reviewing in 2017.

New sensing strategy enables biological targets to be tracked and imaged in vitro and in vivo with high spatial and temporal accuracy.

New soft, smart glucose detectors can by monitor glucose levels directly and in real-time in tears and sweat.

A new transmission electron microscope system is able to take dynamic, multi-frame videos of nanomaterials as they form.

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