Polymers and soft materials news, October 2023

Researchers have shown that a new synthetic hydrogel made from peptides that zip together can behave like biological tissue.

Using bioluminescent algae, researchers have created soft yet durable materials that glow in response to mechanical stress.

Improved perovskite photovoltaic cells for large-surface devices

Taking inspiration from the way swifts make their nests, researchers have developed a nontoxic process for making cellulose gels.

novel polymer nanofiber wound dressing scaffold material exploits the piezoelectric effect to stimulate healing and protect against bacterial infection

Upcycling of plastic water bottles achieved by new process

all solution-based route enables fabrication of bio-mimicking electronic eyes

Electron beam radiation shown to repair cracks in crystals

Researchers have shown that a membrane made from newly developed DUCKY polymers can be used to process crude oil.

oxygen-generating microparticles in hydrogels drive the differentiation of human stem cells into osteoblasts, boosting bone regeneration

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