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Polymers and soft materials news, June 2021

photonic composite based on biopolymers, silk proteins, and gold nanoparticles twists and bends in response to light

Researchers have developed a sprayable hydrogel that forms a barrier to keep heart tissue from adhering to surrounding tissue after surgery.

groups of enzyme-powered nano-sized robots swarm in biological fluids and inside organisms

A novel graphene-based aerogel with a structure similar to meringue is the lightest sound insulation material ever manufactured.

Researchers hope that carbon obtained from coffee grounds could build better and more sustainable batteries

Cardiac disease can cause damage that the body cannot fix. Artificial tissues made with spider silk could be the answer

Research into using structures called dendrimers to deliver photoactive materials into cancer cells could yield new approaches for therapy and diagnosis

Researchers have developed a novel transparent polymer coating that can capture virus-laden droplets and aerosols, removing them from the air.

Researchers have created a sustainable polymer film by assembling plant proteins into materials that mimic spider silk on a molecular level.

Using their 'swarmbot' platform, researchers have shown that a class of composite polymers can be produced by living cells.

Researchers have developed a novel photopolymerization process for synthesizing two-dimensional polymers.

A new material made from carbon nanotubes and a Teflon-like polymer can generate electricity by scavenging energy from its environment.

By incorporating silicon chips into a polymer, researchers have created the first textile fiber with digital capabilities, able to store and analyze data.

Inspired by the natural adhesives of mussels and barnacles, researchers have developed their own natural adhesive from fibrous silk proteins.

A novel, low-cost, sustainable aerogel made from cellulose nanofibrils and alginate shows promise for use in drug delivery and wound dressing.

Researchers have enhanced the strength of carbon fiber composites by simultaneously optimizing the orientation and thickness of the fibers.

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