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Creating miracles with polymeric fibers
Mohan Edirisinghe leads a team at University College London studying the fabrication of polymeric nanofibers and microfibers -- very thin fibers made up of polymers. (2019-10-15)
Unique sticky particles formed by harnessing chaos
New research from North Carolina State University shows that unique materials with distinct properties akin to those of gecko feet - the ability to stick to just about any surface -- can be created by harnessing liquid-driven chaos to produce soft polymer microparticles with hierarchical branching on the micro- and nanoscale. (2019-10-14)
Physicists look to navigational 'rhumb lines' to study polymer's unique spindle structure
A new study describes how spheres can be transformed into twisted spindles thanks to insights from 16th century navigational tools. (2019-10-11)
These new soft actuators could make soft robots less bulky
Engineers at the University of California have developed a way to build soft robots that are compact, portable and multifunctional. (2019-10-11)
How to make biocatalysts immortal
Oxygen threatens sustainable catalysts that use hydrogen to produce electricity in fuel cells. (2019-10-09)
New production technique for high-performance polymer could make for better body armor
Using a new composite nanoparticle catalyst, Brown University researchers have shown they can make degradation-resistant PBO, a polymer used to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics. (2019-10-09)
Researcher develops method to change fundamental architecture of polymers
A Florida State University research team has developed methods to manipulate polymers in a way that changes their fundamental structure, paving the way for potential applications in cargo delivery and release, recyclable materials, shape-shifting soft robots, antimicrobials and more. (2019-10-02)
Just add water: simple step boosts polymer's ability to filter CO2 from mixed gases
An international team of researchers has found it can significantly boost an existing polymer's ability to selectively remove carbon dioxide out of gas mixtures by first submerging the material in liquid water. (2019-10-01)
Structural color printing of 3D microscale objects by shrinking photonic crystals
SUTD Researchers have developed a 'coloring-by-shrinking' method to print arbitrary 3D microscopic objects exhibiting structural colors. (2019-10-01)
Helping tobacco plants save water
Eleni Stavrinidou and her research group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have used bioelectronics to influence transpiration in a tobacco plant, without harming the plant in any way. (2019-09-30)
New biofabrication method creates one scaffold to guide regeneration of multiple tissues
Lesley Chow and her colleagues at Lehigh University have taken a major step to address the challenge of engineer tissues organized like native tissues. (2019-09-30)
RUDN University chemists obtained new material for antibacterial food coatings
RUDN University chemists have developed a simple and convenient method for producing derivatives of the natural polymer chitosan. (2019-09-30)
New synthetic polymer degradable under very mild acidic conditions
A new type of degradable synthetic polymer was prepared by Rh-catalyzed three-component polymerization of a bis(diazocarbonyl) compound, bis(1,3-diketone), and tetrahydrofuran. (2019-09-24)
Improvements to rheology measurements in reservoirs proposed by Kazan Federal University
The development and implementation of innovative integrated methods to increase oil recovery is one of the key approaches to solving existing problems in the oil industry. (2019-09-23)
Thinner shells for delivering gentler therapeutic bursts
Releasing drugs that are packaged into microcapsules requires a significant amount of force, and the resulting burst can cause damage to human tissues or cause blood clots. (2019-09-23)
Long-acting injectable multi-drug implant shows promise for HIV prevention and treatment
UNC researchers have created an injectable multi-drug delivery system that is removable, biodegradable and effective for up to a year in some cases. (2019-09-20)
UBC engineers create ways to keep stone waste out of landfills
Using polymers and natural stone slurry waste, UBC Okanagan researchers are manufacturing environmentally friendly stone composites. (2019-09-19)
New lithium battery design could mean lighter, safer batteries for Soldiers
Less expensive, lighter and safer batteries are a vital need for warfighters; a new Army project may offer a solution. (2019-09-18)
Measuring ethanol's deadly twin
ETH Zurich researchers have developed an inexpensive, handheld measuring device that can distinguish between methanol and potable alcohol. (2019-09-16)
Stretchy plastic electrolytes could enable new lithium-ion battery design
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a promising new cathode and electrolyte system that replaces expensive metals and traditional liquid electrolyte with lower cost transition metal fluorides and a solid polymer electrolyte. (2019-09-09)
New breakthrough: Photomultiplication type all-polymer photodetectors with single carrier transport
The optimal photomultiplication (PM) type all-PPDs with PBDB-T:PZ1 (100:3, wt/wt) as active layers exhibit EQE of > 100% from 310 to 790 nm. (2019-09-08)
Secret messages hidden in light-sensitive polymers
Scientists from the CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université have recently shown how valuable light-sensitive macromolecules are: when exposed to the right wavelength of light, they can be transformed so as to change, erase or decode the molecular message that they contain. (2019-09-04)
Flame retardants -- from plants
Flame retardants are present in thousands of everyday items, from clothing to furniture to electronics. (2019-08-26)
Making polyurethane degradable gives its components a second life
Polyurethane waste is piling up, but scientists have a possible solution: They have developed a method to make polyurethane degradable. (2019-08-26)
Disappearing act: Device vanishes on command after military missions (video)
A polymer that self-destructs? Once a fictional idea, polymers now exist that are rugged enough to ferry packages or sensors into hostile territory and vaporize immediately upon a military mission's completion. (2019-08-26)
Color-changing artificial 'chameleon skin' powered by nanomachines
Researchers have developed artificial 'chameleon skin' that changes colour when exposed to light and could be used in applications such as active camouflage and large-scale dynamic displays. (2019-08-21)
Folded paper creates portable lab for field laboratory tests
Monitoring and tracking biological threats or epidemics require the ability to carry out tests in the field during austere situations. (2019-08-20)
Drawing inspiration from natural marvels to make new materials
The shape-shifting bristle worm has the unique ability to extend its jaw outside of its mouth and ensnare surprised prey. (2019-08-19)
Highly uniform and low hysteresis pressure sensor to increase practical applicability
Researchers have designed a flexible pressure sensor that is expected to have a much wider applicability. (2019-08-19)
Modified lactides promise new implementations in pharmacology and catalysis
The project concerning modification of oligo- and polylactic acids with thiacalix[4]arene derivatives was launched at Kazan Federal University three years ago. (2019-08-15)
Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties
Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they conduct electricity better. (2019-08-09)
The world's smallest stent
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new method for producing malleable microstructures -- for instance, vascular stents that are 40 times smaller than previously possible. (2019-08-08)
New synthesis method opens up possibilities for organic electronics
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) modify a previous synthesis method to create a new semiconducting polymer with remarkable properties which could be used in organic electronic devices such as thin film transistors. (2019-08-07)
In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings in metropolitan areas
Engineers designed a new system to help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation as cities work to adapt to climate change. (2019-08-05)
Stanford scientists create artificial catalysts inspired by living enzymes
Stanford researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts for making cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial scale. (2019-08-05)
Technique uses magnets, light to control and reconfigure soft robots
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to remotely control the movement of soft robots, lock them into position for as long as needed and later reconfigure the robots into new shapes. (2019-08-02)
A wearable device so thin and soft you won't even notice it
Wearable human-machine interfaces have benefited from advances in electronics, materials and mechanical designs. (2019-08-02)
Self-sterilizing polymer proves effective against drug-resistant pathogens
Researchers have found an elastic polymer that possesses broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, allowing it to kill a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria in just minutes - including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (2019-08-01)
Slip layer dynamics reveal why some fluids flow faster than expected
New microscopy technique provides unprecedented insight into nanoscopic slip layers formed in flowing complex liquids. (2019-08-01)
Actively swimming gold nanoparticles
Bacteria can actively move towards a nutrient source -- a phenomenon known as chemotaxis -- and they can move collectively in a process known as swarming. (2019-07-31)
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