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Polymers and soft materials news, February 2019

Perspectives on the materials research landscape

Two new reports, now available for download.

For the first time, researchers have used block copolymers to produce carbon fibers with uniformly sized and spaced pores for energy storage.

Tiny differences surface roughness can cause changes in how two surfaces adhere to each other

Infusing graphene foam with materials such as plastic, rubber and cement produces tough composites with a wide range of possible applications.

Sulfur polymers that could replace carbon in plastics

Novel strategy to regulate foreign body response.

The problem of polymers and microplastics

3D-printed materials manufactured quickly and with improved durability and longevity

photothermal two-component shape memory polymer responds to enzymatic biological activity

antimony-doped tin oxide nanoparticles improve environmental durability and heat retaining properties of transparent wood

new type of electric field effect can control light emission from perovskite devices

By incorporating carbon nanotube-based electrodes between multiple layers of elastomer, researchers have produced a novel shape-shifting material.

Researchers have shown that adding carbon nanotubes to a rubbery polymer semiconductor can increase its carrier mobility.

Surface roughness can cause materials to exert different amounts of force on each other depending on if they're being pushed together or pulled apart.

A “bottom-up” biofabrication strategy leveraging cells’ ability to self-assemble post-3D bioprinting.

A new 3D printer uses carefully crafted patterns of light to transform gooey liquids into complex solid objects in only a matter of minutes.

Scientists have developed a polymerization process that uses enzymes to convert furans into a green alternative to polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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