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Polymers and soft materials news, January 2021

Synthetic shape-shifting collagen with potential biomedical applications

Synthetic collagen could offer controlled-release drug delivery and tissue engineering

Pitcher plants create a slippery trap for insects

surface topography of the pitcher plant creates the right conditions for insects to slip into its trap

Researchers have discovered that antioxidants can help prevent the damage to conducting polymers caused by transmission electron microscopy.

Inspired by the color-changing skin of octopuses, engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that can change shape and color when exposed to light.

Researchers have utilized reactive molecules called radical-type 'mechanophores' to visualize polymer crystallization in real time.

Creating a uniform membrane density is crucial for maximizing the performance of polymer membranes for water desalination.

polymer NPs can elude the immune system and cross the blood brain barrier

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