Porous polymer membrane can flex its muscles

A talent for motion: thanks to its pores and chemical structure, the membrane developed by the scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces curls faster and more vigorously than comparable actuators. Image: MPI of Colloids and Interfaces

A membrane that can lift 20 times its own weight when it comes into contact with a solvent vapour has been developed by a German/Chinese team.

Functionalizing microstructuring surfaces without distortion


A team at the University of Central Florida has developed an alternative route for functionalizing polymers using water-based chemistry.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization


Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

Book review: Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites


Professor Masami Okmoto of the Toyota Technological Institute reviews the first edition of Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites.

Self-healing materials for soft robotic applications

Self-healing materials

Nadia Cheng and colleagues present a novel thermally tunable composite that can achieve significant ranges of stiffness, strength, and volume.

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Smart linear-dendritic block copolymers

Responsive linear-dendritic block copolymers

New copolymers combine linear and dendritic structures in the same macromolecule: both blocks can be exploited to achieve excellent functionalities.

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Hottest Articles in Macromolecular Rapid Communications


Here are the currently most read articles in Macromolecular Rapid Communications.

Producing stable polymers through hydrothermal synthesis

These "microflowers" are made of PPPI, the world's most mechanically stable organic polymer. The blossoms are approximately five microns wide. Image: TU Vienna.

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology create organic materials with remarkable properties under conditions of extreme heat and pressure.

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From mathematical process models to industrial polymer production

modeling for polymerization reaction engineering

Macromolecular Reaction Engineering has published a special issue on mathematical tools and approaches for polymerization reaction engineering.

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Enhanced oil recovery with polymer-coated nanoparticles


Recent research into the use of polymer-coated nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery is reviewed in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

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