Polymers and soft materials news, December 2022

By forming needles on the surface of galvanized steel, researchers have come up with a cheap and simple way to bond polymers to it.

Starch solution to soft sensor waste

Researchers have developed a starch-based polymer that can be used to create a fully biodegradable soft material for sensors.

A novel gel-based robot, or gelbot, can crawl over a surface, powered by nothing more than temperature changes and clever design.

A new low-temperature process for fabricating bifacial thin-film CIGS solar cells can greatly improve their energy-conversion efficiency.

New electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries stops them catching fire

Chemically recycling PVC into usable material without using heat

Researchers have developed a scalable fabrication technique for producing ultrathin, lightweight solar cells that can be stuck onto any surface.

Researchers have come up with a souped -up method for measuring the 3D orientation of the molecular building blocks of polymers.

Engineers have created a soft robot capable of detecting when and where it is damaged – and then healing itself on the spot.

By adding salt to a polymer electrolyte, researchers have produced a lithium-ion battery that can function at high temperatures without starting a fire.

Researchers have shown that cationic nanomaterials can target specific areas of fat and inhibit the unhealthy storage of enlarged fat cells.

Researchers have developed an electrochemical method for recycling PVC that actually takes advantage of the toxic plasticizers in PVC.

Researchers use AFM to explore PDMS debonding

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