Polymers and soft materials news, February 2023

Using liquid crystalline elastomers, researchers have created smart fabrics that change shape when heated.

Cellulose ink makes printing 3D wearable electronics easy

conductive cellulose-based ink for printing 3D stretchable wearable electronics is cheaper and less energy intensive to produce

lupin hull biowaste could offer a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly, feedstock for biomaterials and bioplastics

A new type of polysulfate compound can be used to make polymer film capacitors that can better withstand high heat and electric fields.

3D-printing structures for housing human cells using self-assembling peptide ink

A new chemical vapor deposition technique takes advantage of a 'magic solvent' to produce stronger polymer coatings.

Enhancing environmentally friendly food packaging

Sunlight-powered hydrogel that can absorb and clean polluted water

Researchers have developed a solar-absorber gel that can efficiently soak up and clean dirty water to make it drinkable.

A novel gel made from mucus molecules shows promise as a synthetic bone graft material.

Researchers used novel peptide inks to print hydrogels with complex structures that could be used for regenerative medicine and medical research.

Researchers have designed simple repeating polymer substructures that can be used to build various deformable underwater robots.

Using a liquid metal alloy, researcers have created an elastic material that is impervious to both gases and liquids.

Researchers have created a set of computational models for predicting a hydrogel’s structure, mechanical properties and functional performance.

Researchers have shown that chemically modifying perovskite solar cells with a dipolar polymer can greatly improve their stability.

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