Polymers and soft materials news, January 2022

Researchers have developed a cost-competitive, low-pressure method for turning industrially processed lignin into high-performance plastics.

Ultrasound gives cell scaffolds the right cues

sound-sensitive hydrogels can change their stiffness locally to affect cellular behavior

drug delivery system based on gold nanoclusters is triggered by a smartphone to suppress growth of targeted tumors

Researchers have combined a soft gel, a polymer and a biomolecule to produce a material that can morph into various shapes before hardening.

algorithm can predict the location of nanosilica particles in a nanocomposite and will aid the design of better materials

Researchers have formulated a rubber electrolyte with superior ionic conductivity, mechanical properties and electrochemical stability.

Researchers have developed a platform that uses machine learning to program the transformation of 2D stretchable materials into specific 3D shapes.

Researchers have produced the first high-resolution images of the solid-electrolyte interphase in its natural squishy state.

Researchers have developed hairy cellulose nanocrystals that can capture off-target chemotherapy drugs to prevent tissue damage.

Researchers have developed the world’s longest flexible fiber lithium-ion battery, which can be woven into fabrics.

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