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Polymers and soft materials news, July 2019

Researchers have discovered a phenomenon that allows block copolymers to self-assemble in patterns that deviate from regular symmetrical arrays.

new proactive risk governance system can keep pace with development and should lead to safer nanomaterials, products, and processes

A new membrane made from water-wet materials with gas-entrapping pores can perform a type of desalination known as membrane distillation.

Previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior are challenged by new laboratory techniques that measure polymer flow at the molecular level.

Researchers have developed 3D-printed mesh materials whose flexibility and toughness can be tuned to emulate and support softer bodily tissues.

polymer nanocomposites functionalised with nanocrystals control fresh produce deterioration

flexible capacitors made from layers of polyester coated with graphene and hexagonal boron nitride inks could form basis of washable wearable electronics

ion trap based on the nanofibrous structure of cellulose converts low-grade heat into useful electricity

set of basic design rules maps out the synthesis of interfaces in nanoparticles made from multiple elemental components

Magnetic shape-memory material with potential applications in biomedicine, aerospace, wearable electronics and robotics

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