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Getting glued in the sea
New bio-inspired hydrogels can act like superglue in highly ionic environments such as seawater, overcoming issues in currently available marine adhesives. (2019-11-12)
Simulated sunlight reveals how 98% of plastics at sea go missing each year
A new study helps to solve the mystery of missing plastic fragments at sea. (2019-11-07)
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)
XenonPy.MDL -- Comprehensive library of pre-trained models for materials properties
A joint research group consisting of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) has developed approximately 140,000 machine learning models capable of predicting 45 different types of physical properties in small molecules, polymers and inorganic materials. (2019-11-05)
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)
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)
Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers
Cambridge researchers have captured the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning electron microscope. (2019-10-23)
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)
Fully recyclable packaging materials
Plastics have become indispensable items in our everyday lives. But their growing production and use are threatening to pollute the entire planet, in particular the oceans, the final destination for tonnes and tonnes of plastic, a material that may take centuries to disappear. (2019-10-16)
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)
Stable radicals can solve unconventional problems in modern science and technology
Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University study reaction properties of verdazyl radicals, which can expand scientific knowledge into the field of organic chemistry and help to obtain new materials. (2019-10-10)
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)
Bottom-up synthesis of crystalline 2D polymers
Scientists at TU Dresden and Ulm University have succeeded in synthesizing sheet-like 2D polymers by a bottom-up process for the first time. (2019-09-25)
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)
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)
Complexity of plastics make it impossible to know which are dangerous
A recent study found that 3 out of 4 plastic consumer products contain harmful chemicals. (2019-09-17)
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)
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)
Engineers make transistors and electronic devices entirely from thread
A team of Tufts University engineers has developed a transistor made from linen thread, enabling them to create electronic devices made entirely of thin threads that could be woven into fabric, worn on the skin, or even (theoretically) implanted surgically for diagnostic monitoring. (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)
Bottles made of lignocellulose, perfumes of apples
Many companies are working on materials that would be as light and resistant as plastic but at the same time fully biodegradable. (2019-08-19)
Nylon as a building block for transparent electronic devices?
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) led by Dr. (2019-08-16)
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)
Skoltech scientists found a way to create long-life fast-charging batteries
A group of researchers led by Skoltech Professor Pavel Troshin studied coordination polymers, a class of compounds with scarcely explored applications in metal-ion batteries, and demonstrated their possible future use in energy storage devices with a high charging/discharging rate and stability. (2019-08-15)
Antiseptic resistance in bacteria could lead to next-gen plastics
The molecular machinery used by bacteria to resist chemicals designed to kill them could also help produce precursors for a new generation of nylon and other polymers, according to new research by scientists from Australia and the UK. (2019-08-12)
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)
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)
New wood membrane provides sustainable alternative for water filtration
Inspired by the intricate system of water circulating in a tree, a team of researchers led by Princeton University, have figured out how to use a thin slice of wood as a membrane through which water vapor can evaporate, leaving behind salt or other contaminants. (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)
SUTD researchers developed a unique method of fabricating 3D porous structures
SUTD researchers have developed a novel method of 3D printing to fabricate 3D porous structures in one step. (2019-07-31)
Expanding the palette
Researchers discover a new phase in block copolymers. (2019-07-30)
Successful application of machine learning in the discovery of new polymers
As a powerful example of how artificial intelligence (AI) can accelerate the discovery of new materials, scientists in Japan have designed and verified polymers with high thermal conductivity -- a property that would be the key to heat management, for example, in the fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication technologies. (2019-07-19)
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