Polymers and soft materials news, September 2021

shape-changing nanomaterial kills non-small cell lung cancer cells and improves the efficacy of anticancer drug cisplatin

Using a novel gel, engineers can grow tiny replicas of the pancreas called pancreatic organoids, using either healthy or cancerous pancreatic cells.

Inspired by cell membranes, novel polymer membranes can separate fluoride from chloride and other ions with twice the selectivity of other methods.

Researchers have improved their carbon membranes for isolating para-xylene and shown how changes to its structure can greatly increase productivity.

By encasing a liquid metal alloy in a hydrogel, researchers have produced a material that can convert movement into electricity when dry or wet.

"Carbon-based materials for electrocatalysis: tailored functionalities towards activity and selectivity"

By crosslinking lignin from wood within a 3D polymer network, researchers have produced a new sustainable phosphorescent material.

Lightweight multifunctional alternatives made from natural resources could mitigate waste problems associated with non-biodegradable materials

By utilizing a ferroelectric layer to overcome the ion problem, researchers have managed to create transistors made from metal-halide perovskites.

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Korean researchers investigate degradation of commercial materials in soil and seawater

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By combining chitosan from crabs and agarose from seaweed, researchers created biopolymer composite films with enhanced strength.

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Addition of titanium carbide-based materials significantly reduces friction and wear

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Environmental benefits and impact (LCA) of Geopolymers: Not only cement and away from alkali-activated materials.

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