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Polymers and soft materials news, June 2018

3D printing hits a nerve

3D-printing provides fast, continuous means of producing nerve guidance conduits (NGCs) to help treat peripheral nervous systems injuries.

Researchers cut through tangle to synthesize ordered polymers

Using a novel two-step synthesis process, researchers have produced organic polymers with crystalline, two-dimensional structures.

A new hybrid conductive material comprising liquid metal embedded in an elastic polymer can be bent and stretched at will.

A novel composite made of hydrogel and a 2D material can conduct electricity, stretch by more than 3400%, self-heal and adhere to many surfaces.

A new scanning tunneling microscopy technique can, for the first time, reveal the detailed molecular structure of conjugated polymers.

Scientists have developed a simple way to produce a conductive graphene foam that they can shape into 3D objects such as battery electrodes.

New hybrid conductive material, part elastic polymer and part liquid metal, which can be bent and stretched easily.

A new type of 3D-printable ink with tiny magnetic particles produces soft structures that can move in complex ways in response to a magnetic field.

Elsevier releases 2017 CiteScore values.

By combining a fungal organic pigment with a transparent polymer, researchers have developed a novel semiconductor material.

Scientists have shown they can predict the failure of granular materials such as gravel by monitoring naturally arising acoustic vibrations.

A novel 3D printer comprising a microfluidic chip and a digital micromirror can build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials.

A self-healing material made from liquid metal droplets suspended in a soft elastomer can spontaneously repair itself when damaged.

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