polymer science

Flexible Polymers For Natural Gas Storage

An international team of scientists has designed a material that can be used to store natural gas more efficiently.

A Bright Way To Detect Mechanical Stress

A team of Swiss and Japanese scientist has developed a polymer that switches on and off its fluorescence in response to mechanical stress.

From Nata De Coco To Computer Screens

Cellulose nanofibers in the nata de coco snack could be used in liquid crystal displays of the future, say researchers in Japan.

Elastic Polymers That Spontaneously Heal Themselves

Scientists in Japan have found a method to produce a self-healing material that does not require external stimuli to trigger its healing properties.

What Doesn’t Break This Hydrogel Makes It Stronger

Mimicking how natural muscles become stronger under strain, researchers in Japan have developed a hydrogel that becomes stronger and stiffer upon repeated stretching.

How Polymers May Have Given Rise To Life

A study by scientists in Japan reveals the simple chemical process that may have led to life on Earth.

How Antifreeze Proteins Walk On Ice

Molecular simulations reveal how antifreeze proteins bind to ice to allow fish to withstand sub-zero temperatures.

Plastic Solar Cells Made Simple

Scientists in Japan and Germany have devised a simple method to fabricate polymer-based solar cells that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

Hydrogels That Grow Like Living Tissues

A team of researchers in Singapore and the US have created hydrogels that grow like biological tissues.

Gels That Don’t Break Under Pressure

Researchers in Japan have developed a robust ionic liquid gel that could be used as an electrolyte for rechargeable batteries or membranes for gas separation.