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Molecules from conifers and fruit trees could lead to new sustainable polymers

September 9, 2019

We want to go away from inorganic, environmentally unfriendly materials as much as possible. However, the real switch…
Making polyurethane degradable gives its components a second life

August 29, 2019

Polyurethane waste is piling up in landfills, but scientists have a possible solution: They have developed a method…
Engineers Develop Bone-like Metal Foam that can be ‘Healed’ at Room Temperature

August 28, 2019

For 6,000 years, humans have been making things from metal because it’s strong and tough; a lot of…
Printing flattens polymers, improving electrical and optical properties

August 16, 2019

Researchers have found a way to use polymer printing to stretch and flatten twisted molecules so that they…
Expanding the Palette of Macromolecules

August 2, 2019

All matter consists of one or more phases — regions of space with uniform structure and physical properties.…
Freezing cells made safer thanks to a new polymer

July 29, 2019

Cell freezing (cryopreservation) – which is essential in cell transfusions as well as basic biomedical research – can…
Brendan Davis, principal designer and operator of high pressure mechanical test systems in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories, prepares a system for testing with hydrogen gas. (Photograph by Dino Vournas/Sandia)
Materials for hydrogen service advanced by new multilab consortium

July 25, 2019

Sandia, PNNL lead group studying metals and polymers in hydrogen environments. Researchers at Sandia and Pacific Northwest national…
Successful application of machine learning in the discovery of new polymers

July 19, 2019

As a powerful example of how artificial intelligence (AI) can accelerate the discovery of new materials, scientists in…
Crystalline ‘artificial muscle’ makes paper doll do sit-ups

July 18, 2019

Scary movies about dolls that can move, like Anabelle and Chucky, are popular at theaters this summer. Meanwhile,…
Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

June 30, 2019

Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing…
The ribosome (center) is the core of the translational system illustrated here. The system reads DNA via RNA and turns it into proteins to make all beings live. Image credit: National Science Foundation, public domain
Scientists take big step towards producing novel polymers in living cells

June 27, 2019

A team of Yale chemists is one step closer to using the ribosome — the cell’s protein-making factory…
The artificial muscle consists of polymer material, into which the researchers have integrated enzymes. A solution of glucose and oxygen in water powers the polymer actuator, in a similar way as biological muscles. Image credit: Thor Balkhed, Linköping University
Artificial muscles powered by glucose

June 22, 2019

Artificial muscles made from polymers can now be powered by energy from glucose and oxygen, just like biological…
CMU Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

May 30, 2019

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can…
Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

May 29, 2019

Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising…
Taking the guesswork out of electrospinning

May 29, 2019

Capturing real-time data as nanofibers form makes the technique more affordable and effective. Electrospinning, a nanofiber fabrication method,…
How small can they get? Polymers may be the key to single-molecule electronic devices

May 28, 2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tsukuba demonstrate that polymers could play a key role…
Polymer reversibly glows white when stretched

April 29, 2019

Polymers that change their appearance in response to mechanical forces can warn of damage developing in a material…
Smart antioxidant-containing polymer responds to body chemistry, environment

April 18, 2019

Oxidants found within living organisms are byproducts of metabolism and are essential to wound-healing and immunity. However, when…
Greener, more efficient natural gas filtration

April 17, 2019

Natural gas and biogas have become increasingly popular sources of energy throughout the world in recent years, thanks…
Minimizing fuel explosions and fires from accidents and terrorist acts with polymers

April 5, 2019

When an act of terrorism or a vehicle or industrial accident ignites fuel, the resulting fire or explosion…
New 3-D printing approach makes cell-scale lattice structures

March 27, 2019

A new way of making scaffolding for biological cultures could make it possible to grow cells that are…
Doctoral research helps develop tool to probe plastics’ behavior down to the molecular scale

March 15, 2019

For engineers trying to come up with novel materials such as temperature-resistant plastics or flexible glass, the transition…
Polymers pave way for wider use of recycled tires in asphalt

February 21, 2019

Each year, about 27 million tires end up in landfills, dumps and stockpiles, where they pose health and…
Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

February 20, 2019

While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still…
A reconstruction of block copolymers as seen through an electron microscope clearly shows how they follow the chirality, or handedness, established by their basic molecules and grow into spiraling structures that twist left or right. Their controllable “handed-ness” and tunability could lead to materials with unique optical qualities. Illustration by Rong-Ming Ho
Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures

February 18, 2019

As below, so above. That seems to be an operating principle for molecules that start with a basic chirality —…
Scientists discover a better way to make plastics out of sulfur

February 12, 2019

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered a new process to make polymers out of sulfur which…
Insulated molecular wires: the smallest electric power cord

January 29, 2019

A new supramolecular self-encapsulation strategy provides an effective route to construct stable light-emitting polymers for optoelectronic applications. Flexible…
Barely scratching the surface: A new way to make robust membranes

December 13, 2018

Argonne researchers have demonstrated a new technique’s viability for membranes. Whether it’s tap water or a cup of…
Machine-learning enables a previously-unseen look at polymers helpful in biomedical field

December 11, 2018

Polymers — molecules of repeating chemicals — are the basis of many materials: plastic water bottles, rubber tires,…
Giving Organic Photovoltaics New Properties

November 14, 2018

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for…
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