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Polymers and soft materials news, April 2019

Researchers have shown that a nano-coating of boron nitride can stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries.

Polymers that conduct electricity to stimulate cells and monitor their natural electrical activity could be useful in medicine

For the first time, researchers have managed to create an anti-ordered state with liquid crystals, where they avoid aligning along a certain direction.

Researchers have developed a new design method that shows promise in allowing the efficient fabrication of soft robots using a 3D printer.

Engineers have shown that 3D printing can be used to create metamaterials with unique microwave or optical properties.

By carefully stretching polymers like polyethylene, researchers have been able to produce colorful films with a range of heat-radiating capabilities.

A hot-drawing technique for processing plastics can create transparent polythene film that is stronger than aluminium but a fraction of the weight.

Scientists have theorized a new ‘oil-and-vinegar’ approach for inducing spherical nanoparticles to self-assemble into unusual architectures.

Engineers have used 4D printing to produce smart materials that can change from stiff to soft in response to temperature changes.

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