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Polymers and soft materials news, March 2021

Machine learning proves itself for CNT composites

machine learning algorithm trained to predict pullout forces of carbon nanotubes from polymer matrix

Researchers have designed a system of self-oscillating flexible materials that display a distinctive mode of dynamic self-organization.

novel bio-polymer based on microalgae could offer a sustainable alternative to synthetic polymers produced from fossil fuels

By combining photonic crystals with a polymer substrate, researchers have developed a photonic material that can move and fold when illuminated.

New computer-controlled ultrasound technique useful for biofabrication

3D printed tissue and organs move a step closer

A novel bio-based, fully recyclable polymer membrane for separating oil and water can be reused even after its pores are clogged.

A novel chemical-responsive hydrogel shell can generate dynamic morphological changes, including periodic oscillations similar to heartbeats.

nanomesh pressure sensor can monitor finger pressure without any effect on sensation

all-natural bioinspired composite material could offer an alternative to petroleum-based structural plastics

Researchers have made electrochemical carbon nanotube muscles much faster and more powerful by coating them with an ionically conducting polymer.

Using a two-pronged process, researchers produced hydrogels that mimic the internal structure, stretchiness, strength and durability of biological tissues.

Researchers have developed hydrogels that are cell-compatible, biodegradable and can change shape over time in response to water.

additive manufacturing offers the possibility of tailoring polyethylene implants to individual patients and improving tissue regrowth

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