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Polymers and soft materials news, November 2019

Researchers have formulated design rules that guide how ribosomes can incorporate new kinds of monomers to produce synthetic polymers.

Researchers have developed a novel polymer coating that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet.

Polymer coating to make a non-stick toilet bowl

New class of polymers brings cheaper grid batteries

A lightweight polymer material full of holes, inspired by theoretical nanotube structures called tubulanes, is nearly as hard as diamond.

Embedding electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics to improve electronic devices

A material that mimics the organs targeted by autoimmune cells could draw these cells away from vulnerable body tissues

By juggling four different chemical reactions in a single flask, researchers have combined four polymers to form a single multicrystalline substance.

By applying an intermittent electrical field, researchers have managed to get blue-phase liquid crystals to adopt novel structures with novel properties.

Researchers have found that a class of polymers known as AquaPIMs can produce an ideal membrane for use in a flow battery.

By analyzing the atomic structure of scandium fluoride, scientists have discovered why certain crystalline materials shrink when they're heated.

coating silk sutures with antimicrobial spider silk proteins could alleviate the problem of post-surgical infection

By incorporating a special monomer, scientists have developed polymers that can break down more easily under certain conditions.

Applying kirigami, the Japanese art of cutting and folding, to graphene can make it more strain tolerant and adaptable to movement.

kirigami-inspired design allows graphene-based sensor devices to withstand large strains

By wetting porous polymer coatings with alcohol, researchers have come up with an inexpensive and scalable way to control light and heat in buildings.

A combination of steel composite metal foam and epoxy resin is a better leading-edge material for aircraft wings than the aluminum currently used.

new type of membrane can filter micropollutants like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and plasticizers from drinking or wastewater

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