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Polymers and soft materials news, November 2018

A new 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials can produce lifelike organ tissue models for study or drug screening.

A novel biodegradable polymer that incorporates citrate can provide the extra energy that stem cells need to form new bone tissue.

A novel hydrogel that naturally adheres to soft tissue like cartilage and the meniscus can withstand mechanical stresses and extensive deformation.

A 3D printing technique can produce intricate structures from a novel, stiff material made from seaweed-derived alginate and graphene oxide.

A macroporous hydrogel made by combining gelatin microgels with an enzyme can allow the passage of cells through it to aid wound healing.

Liquid crystals can template the formation of arrays of polymer nanofibers to produce coatings that are sticky, repellent, insulating or light emitting.

By combining epoxy with graphene foam, scientists have produced a stiff, conductive composite material for electronic applications.

Find out the recipients of the 2018 Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award.

Giant Panda's tooth enamel recovers its micro- and nano-structure and geometry to counteract the early stages of damage

A 3D, cross-linked polymer sponge that attaches to the anode in lithium metal batteries can help prevent the formation of dendrites.

Sheikhi and colleagues propose a novel micromanufacturing method to produce injectable microporous GelMA made up of annealable microbeads.

Scientists have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light by self-assembling a mesh of polymer nanowires that conduct electricity.

By incorporating a network of elastic additives, chemical engineers have increased the flexibility of a conventional organic photovoltaic material.

Scientists have adapted a cryogenic electron microscopy imaging technique to obtain an image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer.

A new charge-storing system made from porous conducting polymer films on densely-twisted yarns can be easily integrated into clothing.

Using a phase-change material, engineers have developed a novel film for the windows in buildings that can reject 70% of the sun's incoming heat.

A MOF modified with an iron peroxide compound can separate ethylene from ethane while consuming far less energy than existing techniques.

Researchers have used a mussel-inspired polymer to produce graphene-based liquid crystalline fibers with impressive mechanical and electrical properties.

3D printing of complex origami assemblages for reconfigurable structures

Electronic skin that heals itself after damage just like human skin could now be possible, according to new research.

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