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Tiny magnetic particles enable new material to bend, twist, and grab
A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University has developed a soft polymer material, called magnetic shape memory polymer, that uses magnetic fields to transform into a variety of shapes. (2019-12-10)
Creating switchable plasmons in plastics
Researchers in the Organic Photonics and Nano-optics goup at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed optical nanoantennas made from a conducting polymer. (2019-12-09)
Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water
Researchers at EPFL have discovered that the viscosity of solutions of electrically charged polymers dissolved in water is influenced by a quantum effect. (2019-12-09)
Using a molecular motor to switch the preference of anion-binding catalysts
Many organic molecules are chiral, which means that they are non-superimposable on their mirror image. (2019-12-06)
Researchers add order to polymer gels
Gel-like materials have a wide range of applications, especially in chemistry and medicine. (2019-12-06)
Nanocontainer ships titan-size gene therapies and drugs into cells
Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine report they have created a tiny, nanosize container that can slip inside cells and deliver protein-based medicines and gene therapies of any size -- even hefty ones attached to the gene-editing tool called CRISPR. (2019-12-06)
A robot and software make it easier to create advanced materials
A Rutgers-led team of engineers has developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. (2019-12-05)
Water was a winner in capturing CO2
Reducing the level of CO2 in the atmosphere will almost certainly require carbon capture. (2019-12-04)
Liquid crystal polymer learns to move and grab objects
A specially conditioned liquid crystal polymer could be controlled with the power of light alone, with new potential applications in soft robotics. (2019-12-04)
How tiny enzymes reign supreme in worldwide carbon recycling
That white rot fungi on fallen logs in a forest, it's super important. (2019-12-04)
Healing power of honey
Sandwiching nano-layers of manuka honey between layers of surgical mesh inhibits bacteria for up to three weeks as the honey is slowly released, new research shows. (2019-12-03)
Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic
A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. (2019-12-03)
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2019
ORNL story tips: An additively manufactured polymer layer applied to specialized plastic proved effective to protect aircraft from lightning strikes in lab test; injecting shattered argon pellets into a super-hot plasma, when needed, could protect a fusion reactor's interior wall from runaway electrons; ORNL will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. (2019-12-02)
A close look at a sticky situation
New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds the missing link between soft surface adhesion and the roughness of the hard surface it touches. (2019-12-02)
Growing nano-tailored surfaces using micellar brushes
Growing nanoscale polymer brushes on materials' surfaces overcomes a key challenge in surface chemistry, researchers report, creating a new way to fabricate a diverse array of materials that could hold advanced uses in catalysis or chemical separation applications, for example. (2019-11-28)
Ecofriendly nano-fabrication achieved with biodegradable chitosan nanoparticles
The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) succeeded in creating glass with self-cleaning and antireflective functions through the biodegradable chitosan nanoparticle coating. (2019-11-28)
Cutting nanoparticles down to size -- new study
A new technique in chemistry could pave the way for producing uniform nanoparticles for use in drug delivery systems. (2019-11-27)
New pads absorb shock better than foam with air flow and easy manufacture
HRL Laboratories has published test results showing shock-absorbing pads made from HRL's microlattice material had up to 27% higher energy absorption efficiency than the current best-performing expanded polystyrene foam when sustaining a single impact and up to 35% higher energy absorption efficiency than state-of-the-art vinyl nitrile foam when impacted repeatedly. (2019-11-27)
Glass from a 3D printer
ETH researchers used a 3D printing process to produce complex and highly porous glass objects. (2019-11-27)
Stabilizing sulfur cathode by single Li-ion channel polymer binder
Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential for high-performance energy storage devices, yet the severe diffusion of soluble polysulfide in electrolyte greatly limits their practical applications. (2019-11-22)
Clear, conductive coating could protect advanced solar cells, touch screens
MIT researchers have improved on a transparent, conductive coating material, producing a tenfold gain in its electrical conductivity. (2019-11-22)
Chemists create new route to PHAs: naturally degradable bioplastics
Eugene Chen, professor in the Colorado State University Department of Chemistry, has led a new study demonstrating a chemical catalysis path for making an existing class of biomaterials called PHAs -- already gaining momentum in industrial settings -- even more commercially viable and structurally diverse. (2019-11-21)
Rubber in the environment
The tread on the tyre is worn out, new tyres are needed. (2019-11-14)
Theoretical tubulanes inspire ultrahard polymers
Rice University engineers print 3D blocks based on theoretical tubulanes and find they're nearly as hard as diamond. (2019-11-13)
Microparticles could help fight malnutrition
MIT researchers have now developed a new way to fortify staple foods with these micronutrients by encapsulating them in a biocompatible polymer that prevents the nutrients from being degraded during storage or cooking. (2019-11-13)
Degradable plastic by DMDO: 'Unnecessary' component key
Associate Professor Yasuhiro Kohsaka of the Research Initiative for Supra-Materials (RISM) and 3 students at the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University succeeded in developing a degradable plastic. (2019-11-11)
Skoltech scientists developed superfast charging high-capacity potassium batteries based on organic
Skoltech researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS and the Ural Federal University showed that high-capacity high-power batteries can be made from organic materials without using lithium or other rare elements. (2019-11-11)
Go with the flow: Scientists design new grid batteries for renewable energy
Scientists at Berkeley Lab have designed an affordable 'flow battery' membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid. (2019-11-07)
Catalyst switching means four become one
Catalyst switch strategy is the key step in the production of a four-component crystalline tetrablock quarterpolymer. (2019-11-07)
New photonic liquid crystals could lead to next-generation displays
A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays -- 3D, augmented and virtual reality -- and advanced photonic applications such as mirrorless lasers, bio-sensors and fast/slow light generation, according to an international team of researchers from Penn State, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. (2019-11-07)
Post-lithium technology
Next-generation batteries will probably see the replacement of lithium ions by more abundant and environmentally benign alkali metal or multivalent ions. (2019-11-04)
A new material for regenerative medicine capable to control cell immune response
Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with the University of Montana (USA) proposed a new promising material for regenerative medicine for recovery of damaged tissues and blood vessels. (2019-11-01)
News about drug delivery
Nanocontainer for drugs can have their pitfalls: If they are too heavily loaded, they will only dissolve poorly. (2019-10-30)
Researchers use 3D printing to make glass optical fiber preform
Researchers have developed a way to use 3D printing to create a preform that can be drawn into silica glass optical fibers, which form the backbone of the global telecommunications network. (2019-10-30)
Bundlemers (new polymer units) could transform industries
From tires to clothes to shampoo, many ubiquitous products are made with polymers, large chain-like molecules made of smaller sub-units, called monomers, bonded together. (2019-10-30)
An electronic signal expands the material by a factor of 100
Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linkoping University, have discovered a material that can both increase and reduce its volume when exposed to a weak electrical pulse. (2019-10-29)
Using computational chemistry to produce cheaper infrared plastic lenses
A University of Arizona team created the next generation of long-wave infrared plastic lenses. (2019-10-29)
New synthesis method yields degradable polymers
MIT chemists have come up with a way to make certain drug-delivery polymers more readily degradable by adding a novel type of building block to the polymer backbone. (2019-10-28)
Follow the dotted line
In a development offering great promise for additive manufacturing, Princeton University researchers have created a method to precisely create droplets using a jet of liquid. (2019-10-28)
New Pd-based initiating systems for C1 polymerization of diazoacetates
Two new Pd-based initiating systems for C1 polymerization of diazoacetates were reported: Pd(nq)2/borate (nq = naphthoquinone, borate = NaBPh4) and [Pd(cod)(Cl-nq)Cl/borate] [cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene, Cl-nq = 2,3-dichloro-1,4-naphthoquinone]. (2019-10-23)
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