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Polymers and soft materials news, May 2019

A nanocomposite that combines polymer nanofibers and boron nitride nanosheets could make a superior dielectric material for flexible electronics.

penguin feathers and polar bear fur hold the key for designing effective thermal insulating materials

Inks made from 2D materials like graphene can be coated onto a polyester fabric in a simple dyeing process to produce electronic components.

hierarchical structure of horse's hoof inspires energy-absorbing, impact-resistant materials

A novel coating can promote droplet formation and shedding in low-surface-tension fluids, thereby improving heat transfer.

A new polymer coating for battery cathodes can improve the electronic and ionic conductivity of a battery while also improving its safety.

A novel foam made primarily from cellulose nanocrystals works better than Styrofoam for insulation.

The four-month accelerator, offering $50,000 in funding, is now accepting applications - apply before 30th May

Studying mayonnaise when it spins can help characterize the interface between an elastic-plastic material and a light material under acceleration.

A glue extracted from mussels and bio-active peptide molecules can help repair damaged nerves

A novel nano-container can take up hydrophobic compounds of various sizes and shapes in water and then release them in response to light.

Scientists have developed a next-generation plastic that can be recycled again and again into new materials of any color, shape or form.

Now open for Original Research and Review article submission.

‘Lifelike’ material with artificial metabolism made from DNA

Calling Early Career Researchers attending ChinaNANO.

A new algorithm that can accurately predict the mechanical behavior of glass at different temperatures could aid the discovery of new materials.

By finding a way to untangle polymer chains, researchers have managed to produce thin polymer films that can conduct heat.

Researchers have shown that water in pores can slow the motion of charges in organic semiconductors and found a way to prevent this happening.

Polymer foam offers potential route to practical solar desalination

Novel spray-on polymer coatings cause ice to fall away from large surfaces with just the force of a light breeze, or often the weight of the ice itself.

Repeatedly stretching hydrogels in a water bath aligns their nanofibers, producing a strong, soft and hydrated material that resists breakdown or fatigue.

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