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New cellulose-based material gives three sensors in one
Cellulose soaked in a carefully designed polymer mixture acts as a sensor to measure pressure, temperature and humidity -- at the same time! (2019-03-25)
New technique could help regrow tissue lost to periodontal disease
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of all Americans will have periodontal disease at some point in their lives. (2019-03-21)
New membrane class shown to regenerate tissue and bone, viable solution for periodontitis
Periodontitis affects nearly half of Americans ages 30 and older, and in its advanced stages, it could lead to early tooth loss or worse. (2019-03-21)
Dynamic hydrogel used to make 'soft robot' components and LEGO-like building blocks
A new type of hydrogel material developed by Brown University researchers could soon make assembling complex microfluidic or soft robotic devices as simple as putting together a LEGO set. (2019-03-21)
Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns
Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the color of a material by manipulating the orientation of nanostructured columns in the material. (2019-03-20)
NUS researchers create water-resistant electronic skin with self-healing abilities
Inspired by jellyfish, NUS researchers have created an electronic skin that is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive, and repairs itself in both wet and dry conditions. (2019-03-18)
New record: Over 16 percent efficiency for single-junction organic solar cells
Two non-fullerene acceptors, namely BTPT-4F and BTPTT-4F, were selected to match with a wide-bandgap polymer donor P2F-EHp consisting of an imide-functionalized benzotriazole moiety, as these materials presented complementary absorption and well-matched energy levels. (2019-03-18)
Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries
New Cornell research advances the design of solid-state batteries, a technology that is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today's lithium-ion batteries, which rely on flammable liquid electrolytes for fast transfer of chemical energy stored in molecular bonds to electricity. (2019-03-18)
New technology accelerates the science of deceleration
While it's not a case of reinventing the wheel, researchers are looking at ways to improve standard braking equipment on trains and cars. (2019-03-13)
Controlling thermal conductivity of polymers with light
In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have designed and demonstrated a novel type of polymer demonstrating a switchable thermal conductivity controlled by light. (2019-03-11)
Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety
Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed, solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers. (2019-03-11)
Interdisciplinary team discovers double helix structure in synthetic macromolecule
Discovery comes as an extension of the development of a polymer ion-gel, which promises to outperform conventional flammable liquid battery electrolytes. (2019-03-08)
Scientists develop printable water sensor
A new, versatile plastic-composite sensor can detect tiny amounts of water. (2019-03-04)
Organic electronics: Scientists develop a high-performance unipolar n-type thin-film transistor
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) report a unipolar n-type transistor with a world-leading electron mobility performance of up to 7.16 cm2 V-1 s-1. (2019-03-01)
SU engineers create rubbery 'smart' material to treat open wounds, infections and cancer
Researchers in the Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science have developed a material -- a new kind of shape memory polymer (SMP) -- that could have major implications for health care. (2019-02-26)
Avoiding the crack of doom
The deformations and fractures that cause catastrophic failure in materials begin with a few molecules torn out of place, a process of urgent interest to researchers. (2019-02-25)
Researchers engineer a tougher fiber
Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material that could be incorporated into soft robotics, packaging materials or next-generation textiles. (2019-02-22)
Polymers pave way for wider use of recycled tires in asphalt
Each year, about 27 million tires end up in landfills, dumps and stockpiles, where they pose health and environmental hazards. (2019-02-13)
An adaptive textile keeps cool by self-regulating its thermal properties
Researchers have developed a 'cool' textile that self-regulates its thermal properties based on how hot, sweaty or cold the wearer is, according to a new report. (2019-02-07)
Ferroelectric polymers made more versatile
The ferroelectric polymer PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) has interesting properties and could be used to store information or energy. (2019-02-05)
Learning transistor mimics the brain
A new transistor based on organic materials has been developed by scientists at Linköping University. (2019-02-05)
Scientists exploit gel polymer electrolyte for high performance magnesium batteries
A research team led by Prof. CUI Guanglei from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences exploited a novel rigid-fexible coupling gel polymer electrolyte (PTB@GF-GPE) that coupled with significantly improved overall performance. (2019-02-04)
Straightforward biosynthesis of functional bulk nanocomposites
A general and scalable biosynthesis strategy has been developed which involves simultaneous growth of cellulose nanofibrils through microbial fermentation and co-deposition of various kinds of nanoscale building blocks through aerosol feeding on solid culture substrates. (2019-02-01)
A new toolkit for studying how 'PARP' activity boosts cancers
A new method developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is likely to speed the study of an important biological process called ADP-ribosylation. (2019-02-01)
Researchers create first carbon fibers with uniform porous structure
Chemistry researchers use block copolymers to create first carbon fibers with uniform porous structure. (2019-02-01)
Self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force
A strategy inspired by the process responsible for muscle growth could lead to the development of stronger, longer-lasting materials. (2019-01-31)
NTU and SUTD researchers discover asymmetric chemical reaction with intriguing reaction pathways
Singaporean research teams from NTU and SUTD have developed an asymmetric catalytic reaction, which provides access to synthetically challenging molecular structures and features an unusual reaction pathway. (2019-01-28)
The energy implications of organic radical polymers
Texas A&M University professor Dr. Jodie L. Lutkenhaus is one step closer to realizing her goal of creating a battery made entirely of polymers, which has the potential to charge and discharge much faster than traditional batteries. (2019-01-28)
New applications for encapsulated nanoparticles with promising properties
The Polymerisation Process research group of the POLYMAT institute of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has managed to efficiently encapsulate semiconductor nanocrystals or quantum dots of various sizes into polymer particles; great stability in terms of their optical properties and good fluorescence control when combining different quantum dots have been achieved. (2019-01-22)
BFU physicists developed a method of determining the composition of microplastic in water
Physicists from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (BFU) developed and applied a method of identifying microplastic collected in sea waters. (2019-01-21)
New light shed on intensely studied material
The organic polymer PEDOT is probably one of the world's most intensely studied materials. (2019-01-17)
Viennese scientists develop promising new type of polymers
Organic polymers can nowadays be found in solar cells, sensors, LEDs and in many other technical applications. (2019-01-14)
Long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered via microneedle patch
A new long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered by women may provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations where access to healthcare can be limited, a recent study suggests. (2019-01-14)
Breakthrough in organic electronics
Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a simple new tweak that could double the efficiency of organic electronics. (2019-01-14)
Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis
By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. (2019-01-14)
Drug sponge could minimize side effects of cancer treatment
Catheters are used today to deliver drugs directly to tumors to avoid broadcasting toxic chemotherapy agents throughout the body. (2019-01-09)
Pine needles from Christmas trees could be turned into paint and food sweeteners
Abandoned Christmas trees could be saved from landfill and turned into paint and food sweeteners according to new research by the University of Sheffield. (2018-12-27)
Sustainable 'plastics' are on the horizon
A new Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don't require land or fresh water -- resources that are scarce in much of the world. (2018-12-24)
Lean electrolyte design is a game-changer for magnesium batteries
Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of America have discovered a promising new version of high-energy magnesium batteries, with potential applications ranging from electric vehicles to battery storage for renewable energy systems. (2018-12-21)
New megalibrary approach proves useful for the rapid discovery of new materials
Identifying the best material for a given application -- catalysts, light-harvesting structures, biodiagnostic labels, pharmaceuticals and electronic devices -- is traditionally a slow and daunting task. (2018-12-18)
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