Active material properties come alive with 3D printing

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.

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

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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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Flexible Bragg Reflectors for Optical Applications

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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

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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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The role of conjugated polymer nanoparticles in DNA sensing

Illustration of conjugated polymer nanoparticles for label-free DNA sensing.

In the newest issue of Advanced Science, researchers from Nanjing expose the advantages of using conjugated polymer nanoparticles for DNA sensing.

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CO2: Conflict or Harmony?

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

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

Best of Macros Edition 2015 – Now Online

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

A mesoporous persistent luminescence phosphor

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

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International Year of Light: Black Silicon Photovoltaics

This month’s International Year of Light article reviews the optoelectronic properties of black silicon and gives guidelines how to optimize the relevant physical parameters.

Bidirectional shape-memory effect at human body temperature

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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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