Photo-induced anomalous deformation of PNIPAM gels

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PNIPA gels are hybridized with uniaxially aligned inorganic liquid crystalline nanosheet and adsorbed with a dye deform anisotropically by photo-irradiation.

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Polymer-based flexible bioelectronics

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Researchers have created a low-cost, flexible bioelectronic device based on PEDOT:PSS, which they used for monitoring action potentials from cell tissues.

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Acid-resistant epoxy resin trips up decomposition

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An acid resistant, terphenyl-based liquid crystalline epoxy resin is described by Prof. Miyuki Harada’s team at Kansai University.

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Impact factor increases 71% for JPS: Polymer Physics

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The impact factor for the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics increased 71% to 3.803, according to a Thomson Reuters update.

European Polymer Congress in Dresden

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The next Congress of the European Polymer Federation (EPF) will be held in Dresden, Germany, from June 21 to 26, 2015. It is organized by the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. (IPF) and the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

A new trick from liquid crystalline elastomers – responsive cell culture scaffolds

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Biocompatible, biodegradable and porous LC elastomers were used as viable, soft scaffolds for cell growth and proliferation in a spatial (3D) fashion.

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Aiming for nature’s molecular precision: a special issue on precision polymers

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Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics presents new and exciting developments in the synthesis and properties of precision polymers, guest-edited by Michael R. Buchmeiser.

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Advances in glycerol polymers

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Glycerol polymers represent a major opportunity for replacing or complementing the current polymers used in the biomedical market.

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Polymers to challenge silicon photodetectors

A Chinese research group has taken a molecular engineering approach to optimize the solubility and thin-film morphology of low-bandgap polymers.

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Microvascular electrospun scaffolds

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A combination of 3D printing and electrospinning can be used for micropatterning fibrous scaffolds that are suturable, porous, and biodegradable.

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