Polymers and soft materials news, June 2022

Researchers have derived governing equations that describe and explain why adding liquid inclusions to elastomers gives them novel properties.

Surface modification makes carbon fiber composites tougher

electrochemical modification of carbon fibers makes polymer composites tougher

Researchers have found a new structure, which they term a bilayer-folded lamellar mesophase, in an aqueous solution of an amphiphilic copolymer.

By combining semiconductors with flexible polymers, researchers have created a thermoelectric coating for converting low-grade heat into electrical power.

Researchers have developed a polymer surface that can switch betweeen capturing and releasing biomolecules in response to an electrical signal.

A novel method for upcycling the widely used plastic acrylonitrile butadiene styrene gives it better properties for 3D printing.

fluorescent silk tag authenticates medicines and alcohol

Researchers have created a simple-to-make, recyclable polymer fiber that can perform like a muscle actuator.

A membrane produced by embedding a metal-organic framework into a polymer can remove hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide from natural gas.

Higher-eigen-mode imaging has revealed that a flexible semiconducting polymer has a ‘fruitcake’ structure with harder and softer regions.

green-solvent-processable, open-air printable self-assembly strategy for fabricating stable, efficient OSCs

light-triggered shape-changing device that could serve as a power source for soft robotics

Researchers have pioneered a tunable technique to generate wood-like plant material in the lab, and also print it in specific shapes anf forms.

Reseachers have developed a novel method for printing composite elastic materials by getting liqid polymers to flow between two acrylic plates.

Researchers have developed a low-cost gel film made from abundant ingredients that can pull water from the air in even the driest climates.

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