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Shot could remove side effects from late-stage head and neck cancer therapy
A new chemoradiotherapy formulation could kill head and neck cancer cells more effectively -- without the side effects. (2019-06-25)
Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level
Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing deformation. (2019-06-24)
Artificial muscles powered by glucose
Artificial muscles made from polymers can now be powered by energy from glucose and oxygen, just like biological muscles. (2019-06-19)
Powering a solution: Professor takes charge at improving lithium ion batteries safety
Dr. Yu Zhu and his team of graduate students in The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering are working to improve the safety of Li-ion batteries by creating a shear-thickening electrolyte -- a substance that can become thicker under impact, set between the battery's anode and cathode that will be impact-resistant, thus not causing a fire or an explosion upon any collision. (2019-06-19)
'Self-healing' polymer brings perovskite solar tech closer to market
A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), report scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). (2019-06-17)
Electron beam strengthens recyclable nanocomposite
Carbon fiber-enhanced thermoplastic polymer mechanical properties improve when irradiated with an electron beam, report researchers at Kanazawa University in the journal Composites Part A. (2019-06-14)
University of Konstanz researchers create uniform-shape polymer nanocrystals
Researchers from the University of Konstanz's Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1214 'Anisotropic Particles as Building Blocks: Tailoring Shape, Interactions and Structures' successfully generate uniform-shape nanocrystals using direct polymerization (2019-06-13)
Opioid alternative? Taming tetrodotoxin for precise painkilling
Alternatives to opioids for treating pain are sorely needed. A study in rats suggests that tetrodotoxin, properly packaged, offers a safe pain block. (2019-06-12)
Binary solvent mixture boosting high efficiency of polymer solar cells
CB, CF and their mixture were selected as solvents to regulate molecular order and the nanoscale morphology of the photoactive layer. (2019-06-12)
Carnegie Mellon researchers develop semi-liquid metal anode for next-generation batteries
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and College of Engineering have developed a semiliquid lithium metal-based anode that represents a new paradigm in battery design. (2019-06-12)
LED-ing the way: A clean and convenient method to oxidize plastic surfaces for industry
A Japanese research team at Osaka University used chlorine dioxide to oxidize polypropylene. (2019-06-11)
New polymer tackles PFAS pollution
toxic polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) pollution -- commonly used in non-stick and protective coatings, lubricants and aviation fire-fighting foams -- can now be removed from the environment thanks to a new low-cost, safe and environmentally friendly polymer. (2019-06-05)
New material with magnetic shape memory
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich have developed a new material whose shape memory is activated by magnetism. (2019-06-04)
Texas A&M research team develops bioinks to print therapeutics in 3D
A team of researchers at Texas A&M University has developed an innovative way to print therapeutics in 3D for regenerative medicine. (2019-06-03)
How small can they get? Polymers may be the key to single-molecule electronic devices
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tsukuba demonstrate that polymers could play a key role in the fabrication of single-molecule electronic devices, allowing us to push the boundaries of the nanoelectronics revolution. (2019-05-28)
Nature inspires a novel new form of computing, using light
McMaster researchers have developed a simple and highly novel form of computing by shining patterned bands of light and shadow through different facets of a polymer cube and reading the combined results that emerge. (2019-05-24)
Carnegie Mellon researchers create soft, flexible materials with enhanced properties
A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer composites with enhanced electrical and thermal properties. (2019-05-23)
How to program materials
Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. (2019-05-21)
Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials
Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. (2019-05-17)
New way to beat the heat in electronics
Rice University researchers combine a polymer nanofiber layer with boron nitride to make a strong, foldable dielectric separator for high-temperature batteries and other applications. (2019-05-16)
Bio-inspired material targets oceans' uranium stores for sustainable nuclear energy
Scientists have demonstrated a new bio-inspired material for an eco-friendly and cost-effective approach to recovering uranium from seawater. (2019-05-16)
Solvent additive-free ternary polymer solar cells with 16.27% efficiency
Recently, ternary PSCs with 16.27% efficiency were reported by Fujun Zhang's group, which has been published on the Science Bulletin in the form of Short Communication. (2019-05-14)
New Argonne coating could have big implications for lithium batteries
In a new discovery, scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new cathode coating by using an oxidative chemical vapor deposition technique. (2019-05-14)
Researchers make organic solar cells immune to the ravages of water, air and light
Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have devised a way of making organic solar panels robust by performing the molecular equivalent of hair removal by waxing: they used adhesive tape to strip the electron-accepting molecules from the topmost surface of the photoactive layer of the cell. (2019-05-02)
Filaments and fibres three times finer than a human hair
The experts have discovered that there is a moment at which a polymer in liquid state -- specifically one that has been worked from polyethylene glycol, which is widely used in industry -- shows greater elasticity that, instead of breaking up and forming drops, the liquid experiences a stretching which causes filaments to be formed. (2019-04-29)
New polymer films conduct heat instead of trapping it
MIT engineers have flipped the picture of the standard polymer insulator, by fabricating thin polymer films that conduct heat -- an ability normally associated with metals. (2019-04-29)
Flexible circuits for 3D printing
A research cooperation between the University of Hamburg and DESY has developed a process suitable for 3D printing that can be used to produce transparent and mechanically flexible electronic circuits. (2019-04-26)
Polymers to give early warning signs
Researchers at the University of Fribourg's Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) and Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a method to tailor the properties of stress-indicating molecules that can be integrated into polymers and signal damages or excessive mechanical loads with an optical signal. (2019-04-24)
Polymer reversibly glows white when stretched
Polymers that change their appearance in response to mechanical forces can warn of damage developing in a material before the stress causes structural failure. (2019-04-24)
Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria
A University of Rochester biologist invented an inexpensive and environmentally friendly method for making artificial nacre using an innovative component: bacteria. (2019-04-23)
Modified 'white graphene' for eco-friendly energy
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), together with colleagues from the United States and Germany, have found a way to obtain inexpensive catalysts from hexagonal boron nitride or ''white graphene''. (2019-04-22)
From nata de coco to computer screens: Cellulose gets a chance to shine
Scientists at Osaka University determined the intrinsic birefringence of cellulose molecules, which have great potential to improve smartphone and computer screens. (2019-04-18)
Smart antioxidant-containing polymer responds to body chemistry, environment
Oxidants found within living organisms are byproducts of metabolism and are essential to wound-healing and immunity. (2019-04-16)
New method may transport medicine better through the body
One of the major challenges in fighting inflammation is to get the medicine transported properly through the body. (2019-04-11)
Greener, more efficient natural gas filtration
MIT researchers have developed a new polymer membrane that can dramatically improve the efficiency of natural gas purification, while reducing its environmental impact. (2019-04-09)
Muscle-like material expands and contracts in response to light (video)
Just as controlled-release medications slowly dole out their cargo after they experience a pH change in the body, implanted 'artificial muscles' could someday flex and relax in response to light illuminating the skin. (2019-04-02)
Researchers tune material's color and thermal properties separately
MIT engineers have made samples of strong, tissue-like polymer material, the color and heat properties of which they can tailor independently of the other. (2019-04-02)
Toward novel computing and fraud detection technologies with on-demand polymers
Drawing inspiration from nature, researchers are making polymers with ever-more precise compositions on demand. (2019-04-01)
New polymer mixture creates ultra-sensitive heat sensor
Scientists at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed an ultra-sensitive heat sensor that is flexible, transparent and printable. (2019-04-01)
Next-generation single-dose antidotes for opioid overdoses
Fentanyl's powerful effects are long-lasting, and even tiny amounts of the drug can lead to an overdose. (2019-03-31)
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