Polymers and soft materials news, April 2022

Color-changing chameleon inspires printed photonics

colloidal photonic crystal ink enables printing of 2D and 3D colored structures using additive manufacturing techniques

Sustainable composite gets a grip of shape transformation

natural fiber-reinforced shape memory polymer morphs into different shapes in response to humidity

Using novel nanocapsules, researchers have developed a 3D printing process that makes it possible to print an object within a volume of resin.

Using a 3D printing method, researchers have produced micro-scaffolds that can house a high-density of cells for growing tissue in desired shapes.

By growing polymer chains on membranes, researchers have greatly enhanced their efficiency at removing carbon dioxide from mixed gases.

Researchers have discovered that heating plastic waste in the presence of potassium acetate produces particles that can absorb carbon dioxide.

Researchers have developed long-lasting, gel-based coatings that can prevent adhesion of everything from ice to bacteria on functional surfaces.

Chemists have deveoped a novel catalytic process for upcycling the common plastic polystyrene into the useful chemical benzoic acid.

Novel water-stable, 2D covalent organic framework nanoparticles can direct the differentiation of human stem cells into bone cells.

Researchers have developed a piezoelectric polymer that can generate electricity much more efficiently than previous versions.

A flexible display that utilizes stretchy light-emitting polymers is brighter than a cellphone and can be stretched up to twice its original length.

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