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Polymers and soft materials news, October 2018

A polymer gel that incorporates chloroplasts from plants can react with carbon dioxide in the air to grow, strengthen and even repair itself.

A novel light-based atomic force microscopy technique can measure how and where a material's physical properties change during 3D printing.

By creating nanoporous graphene and then covering it with a polymer layer, engineers have fabricated an atomically thin membrane.

Researchers have come up with a novel molecular approach for improving the piezoelectric properties of organic polymers.

A bio-inspired soft material can alter its properties by self-assembling into molecular superstructures and then disassembling on demand.

Designing a hydrogel for blood vessel formation.

A novel passive daytime radiative cooling polymer coating with nano-to-microscale air voids can act as a spontaneous air cooler on buildings.

Composite contains polymer component to protect metal hydride filler from exposure to air and moisture for stable hydrogen storage.

Self-healing, injectable, multifunctional wound dressing based on a micelle-hydrogel composite is flexible and comfortable enough for joint injuries.

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