Active material properties come alive with 3D printing

3-D printing technology has opened new possibilities for Israel Institute of Technology’s Stephan Rudykh to test his models of active material properties.

A novel movement mechanism – a tiny distortion that initiates a large movement. The microstructures determine how the macroscopic properties of the material will react to different environmental stimuli, such as being pressed or stretched.

Flexible Bragg Reflectors for Optical Applications

Spanish group creates materials that combine the intense structural colour achievable with inorganic materials with the mechanical properties of polymers.

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A wrap up of drug carrier designs and their applications

Anna Musyanovych and Katharina Landfester review the production and use of polymer-based drug carriers with particular focus on their use in biomedicine.

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Wood, straw, cereals and rape will give power to 100,000 homes

Alstom signs two biomass contracts in the UK

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CO2: Conflict or Harmony?

Professor Ozin asks the question; do we want war or peace with CO2?

Figure 2. Peace -> War -> Peace with O2 again enabled by the endeavors of chemists and chemical engineers- Image courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Best of Macros Edition 2015 – Now Online

The editors of the Macromolecular Journals have nominated the top papers of 2014 for the newest edition of the Best of Macros!

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A mesoporous persistent luminescence phosphor

A near-infraread-excitable persistent luminescence phosphor is synthesized using mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a template.

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Bidirectional shape-memory effect at human body temperature

Researchers from Teltow (Germany) managed to shift the switching temperature of the reversible bidirectional shape-memory effect to the physiological range.

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Flexible Bragg Reflectors for Optical Applications

Spanish group creates materials that combine the intense structural colour achievable with inorganic materials with the mechanical properties of polymers.

Exploiting Air to Shift Aluminium Nanoparticle Plasmons into the UV

Researchers from from China and Hong Kong have now developed an approach to shrinking Al nanoparticles.

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Figure 2. Peace -> War -> Peace with O2 again enabled by the endeavors of chemists and chemical engineers- Image courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

CO2: Conflict or Harmony?

Professor Ozin asks the question; do we want war or peace with CO2?

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Book review: Hydrogels in Cell-Based Therapies

Professor Alexander Zelikin, Aarhus University reviews Hydrogels in Cell-Based Therapies from the RSC.

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Best of Macros Edition 2015 – Now Online

The editors of the Macromolecular Journals have nominated the top papers of 2014 for the newest edition of the Best of Macros!

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IUMRS recognises pioneers of materials research organisation

The International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) recognises three pioneers in the funding and organisation of materials research and development.

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Metallophilic crosslinking: a silver bullet for self-healing polyurethanes

Researchers at IK4-CIDETEC report a new, isocyanate-free synthesis of self-healing polyurethanes using a metallophilic crosslinking method.

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From Stem Cells to Nanotoxicology: Welcome to the World of Dr. David Tai Leong

David Tai Leong answers some questions about his world of nanobiology and new biomaterials.

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Substitute non-renewable raw materials with sugar

The Dutch company AkzoNobel and partners are looking to turn sugar beet into raw materials.

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Advanced Optical Materials – February Issue Covers

Check out the articles highlighted on the covers of the latest issue of Advanced Optical Materials.

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Cleaning up: MOF photocatalysts for chromium reduction

Researchers have developed an effective, iron based, amine-functionalized photocatalyst for reduction of hexavalent chromium using visible light.

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Renewable materials for footwear

BASF provides the footwear industry with polyurethane innovations that base on renewable resources.

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Advanced Materials has a new look: the Anywhere Article

The default view for articles published in Advanced Materials is now the Anywhere Article, Wiley’s enhanced HTML article.

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Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts as cathode material for Na-ion batteries

Pure single crystalline nanostructures investigated by Chinese research team.

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Advanced Optical Materials Top 5 – March 2015

The month’s top articles from the field of nanooptics, optoelectronics, optical devices, detectors & sensors, micro/nano resonators and more.

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Recent developments in the field of magnesium corrosion

This paper provides a review of recent developments in the field of Mg corrosion and puts those into context.

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Metallophilic crosslinking: a silver bullet for self-healing polyurethanes

Researchers at IK4-CIDETEC report a new, isocyanate-free synthesis of self-healing polyurethanes using a metallophilic crosslinking method.

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Paper-Based electrocatalysts for enhanced oxygen evolution reactions

A novel electrocatalyst system with long-term stability, based on cellulose paper and graphene, has been developed by for the oxygen reduction reaction.

pss Showcase 2015

The 2015 edition of our pss Showcase looks back on recent successful publications in the physica status solidi journal family.

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CMP aerogels for oil cleanup

Fluorosurfactant-directed preparation of conjugated microporous polymer (CMP) aerogels for oil cleanup and gas sorption.

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Nanoparticle-hydrogel composites reviewed

Nanoparticle-hydrogel composites have many potential uses. The new issue of Advanced Science reviews the concept, design, and application of such materials.

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Natural fibers for sustainable plastics

Developing high-performance composite materials made with natural fibers and bio-polymers provide a new route to cost-effective, environmentally friendly composite plastics for industry.

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Advanced anode material for lithium-ion batteries

A facile two-step synthesis for the fabriaction of advanced anode materials based on graphene oxide-supported ZnCo2O4 for lithium-ion batteries is reported.

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All aboard the polymer capsule!

Researchers at Melbourne University have developed a versatile method to quickly and easily load a diverse range of functional and therapeutic cargo into polymer capsules.

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Faster Manufacturing of Stainless Steel Tanks

Roeco Inox has developed a new system of tank manufacturing which reduces the production time by 30% and also decreases the amount of necessary welding.

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Model system predicts percentages of dead polymer chains

The fraction of dead chains can be predicted, allowing the polymer reaction system to be tuned to produce the desired percentage of live chains.

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Room temperature fabrication of high-temperature shape-memory thin films

High-temperature shape memory thin films have been prepared at room temperature by magnetron sputtering technique.