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Polymers and soft materials news, June 2019

A novel polymer/carbon composite matrix with lithium microparticles could enhance the capacity and safety of lithium-metal batteries.

Bio-mimicry of polar bear fur offers insulation

Biomimicry of polar bear hairs offers synthetic heat insulating material

Bioengineers have developed injectable hydrogels with bioactive molecules anchored to the chemical crosslinkers that give the gels structure.

Lowering the power of OLEDs

By understanding the precise sequence of charged monomers, researchers can predict the behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers.

By incorporating liquid metal droplets into an elastomer, researchers have created a highly stretchable, soft, multi-functional composite.

Scientists have discovered that the elasticity of gels arises from the packing of clusters of particles, dubbed locally glassy clusters, in the gels.

Researchers have developed a liquid mold from droplets that they can manipulate with magnets for creating lenses in various shapes and sizes.

Scientists have found that, in solutions of linear and ring polymers, the linear molecules thread themselves through the ring molecules when stressed.

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