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Polymers and soft materials news, April 2020

Elastomers that replicate complex twisting action just through the use of light

Researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its stiffness in response to an applied force by incorporating minerals.

data can be written and erased in novel light-emitting hybrid combining bioimaging organic dyes and luminescent solid-state metal clusters

Researchers have discovered that polymers filled with carbon nanotubes could improve how unmanned military vehicles dissipate energy.

Using 3D laser printing, researchers have fabricated plate-based carbon nanolattices that are stronger than diamond.

Researchers have used polymer gels and cellulose to 3D print coral-inspired structures that can grow dense populations of microscopic algae.

biocompatible drug-carrying nanofiber that splits into tiny nanoparticles once inside the body could offer a new strategy for anticancer therapy

Researchers have designed a novel liquid crystal elastomer that can be ‘programmed’ to both twist and bend in the presence of light.

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of testing for viruses; a simple physical procedure might make it easier, cheaper and quicker

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning algorithm for quantitatively characterizing material microstructure in three dimensions.

Scientists have created a flexible membrane from a normally brittle complex oxide, and shown that stretching can change its electronic properties.

‘bio’ yarn made from human cells can be braided, knitted, or woven into medical devices or scaffolds that don't elicit an immune reaction

Researchers have shown how different temperatures can be used to create different products from biohydrogels depending on their intended application.

By combining a conducting polymer, rubber and an ionic liquid, researchers have produced a conducting, flexible organic composite.

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