Polymers and soft materials news, March 2023

Defects of patchy model essential for understanding 2D materials

Using patchy particles, researchers built a micrometer-size model of graphene and used it to obtain insights into defects in 2D materials.

Researchers have developed a smart bandage comprising a flexible polymer embedded with electronics and medication for treating chronic wounds.

Researchers have used structural-color fibers comprising layers of different polymers to produce an optical barcode for identifying different fabrics.

energy efficient process uses bacteria to produce bone-like porous CaCO3-based composites

Using artificial intelligence, researchers have designed random heteropolymers that can mimic many of the properties of natural proteins.

Using computer simulations and quantum calculations, researchers have modelled how charges are produced and transported in organic solar cells.

Researchers have developed a versatile technique for manufacturing soft polymer materials in a dozen different structures.

Researchers have developed a liquid-metal-filled organogel composite with high electrical conductivity, high stretchability and self-healing properties.

A new polymer material made from interconnected microscale knots is far tougher than identically structured but unknotted materials.

A novel conductive polymer coating could lead to longer lasting, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

By incorporating bacteria into a hydrogel, researchers have developed a 3D-printable bioink that can mineralize over the course of a few days.

Researchers have developed a novel ceramic polymer material for use as a solid electrolyte in a lithium-air battery.

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