Polymers and soft materials news, May 2023

Researchers have designed and tested a series of textile fibers that can change shape and generate force like a muscle.

combination of two 3D-printable polymers create mechanical metamaterials with a shape memory response

Researchers have discovered how colloidal liquids transform into a gel and shown that it doesn't occur via glass formation.

By analyzing polymer nanoparticles with X-ray scattering, researchers have discovered that crystal structures are not always regularly arranged.

Researchers have developed a 3D-printing method for producing novel materials by mixing multiple aerosolized nanomaterial inks.

Mycelium properties could bring longer-lasting material

Electroconductive hydrogel for tissue repair, drug delivery and medical implants

Inspired by the film that forms on warm milk, researchers have developed a novel method for fabricating 2D ionogel membranes.

Researchers have developed a non-invasive method for counting the live cells in a three-dimensional hydrogel scaffold.

Novel smart coatings for orthopedic implants have bacteria-killing nanopillars on one side and strain-mapping flexible electronics on the other.

Using a high-powered microscopy technique, researchers have uncovered a new metric for understanding how soft materials yield to stress.

Researchers have developed the world’s first electrical transistor made of wood.

Using universal dynamic crosslinkers, researchers have found a way to transform a former muck of unmixable plastics into a viable new set of polymers.

A new scientific tool called Polybot combines artificial intelligence with robotics to discover novel electronic polymer materials.

By depositing tin oxide to form the electron-transport layer, researchers have fabricated an organic solar cell with an efficiency of over 17%.

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