Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award Presented to Brent Sumerlin

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At the 2014 ACS Fall meeting in San Francisco, Brent Sumerlin receives the Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award and a symposium in his honor

Improving polymer film fabrication

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Melbourne reseachers develop method to fabricate chiral stationary phases with nanoengineered features.

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Superhydrophobic nonwovens from naturally occurring polymers

a Japanese/German collaboration has succeeded in synthesising a biodegradable, hydrophobic polymer by modifying a naturally-occurring poly(amino acid) with a hydrophobic amino acid.

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Solvent vapor annealing: secondary nanostructures made easy

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The solvent vapor annealing method can be utilized to introduce structural hierarchy to PCL-based fibers.

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Overcoming clinical complications of vascular prostheses

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Electrospinning and plasma polymerization are combined to provide vascular graft scaffolds that are mechanically compliant and biocompatible.

Spray-on LECs: dinner in the dark or a light-emitting fork?

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A spray-sintering technique enables the fabrication of light-emitting electrochemical devices on complex substrates.

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Voltage loss in polymer solar cells down to the dielectric constant

High dielectric constant polymer solar cells found to behave as efficiently as their inorganic counterparts.

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Annealing nanostructures onto electrospun fibers

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Researchers have demonstrated that a simple SVA treatment can effectively inscribe secondary nanostructures onto PCL and PCL-based composite fibers.

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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

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

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