Chemists make tough plastics recyclable

New method for producing thermoset plastics allows them to be broken down more easily after use.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry sustainability recycling research polymers school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih materials-science-and-engineering

‘Ultrafast’ insulin may be 4X speedier than the regular stuff

A new formula for ultrafast insulin could work in much less time than the current stuff, according to research with pigs.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diabetes insulin materials-science polymers drug-development featured health-and-medicine

‘Nanosponges’ draw coronavirus away from lung cells

"I was skeptical at the beginning because it seemed too good to be true. But when I saw the first set of results in the lab, I was just astonished."

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 nanotechnology lungs viruses polymers health-and-medicine immune-systems

4D printing makes stuff that changes shape

"This opens the door to printing soft robotics that could swim like a jellyfish, jump like a cricket, or transport liquids like the heart."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: 3d-printing polymers self-assembly featured science-and-technology

Radiation shield polymer may replace lead

A new polymer composite may offer a lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding to replace lead, researchers report.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: materials-science polymers radiation science-and-technology gamma-rays

Mats made from wine antioxidant could keep food fresh

Researchers have blended tannic acid from red wine to create antioxidant mats. They could line storage containers to keep food fresh.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food polymers antioxidants science-and-technology wine oxidation

Electronic fabric lets you play Tetris with your arm

The super-thin, stretchy material could be useful in medical wearable electronics because it's so breathable. That makes it better for long-term use.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science polymers science-and-technology wearable-devices

Buildings grown by bacteria -- new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.

Wil Srubar, Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering and Materials Science, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  biology  synthetic-biology  construction  infrastructure  carbon-dioxide-co2  polymers  minerals  built-environment  material-science  buildings  cyanobacteria

These droplets have compartments but no barriers

A new method creates droplets with separate compartments but not physical barriers. The feat could clarify the membraneless compartments in cells.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
March 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: polymers cells science-and-technology

Hydrogel ‘biofactories’ could make meds in remote places

Embedded "biofactories" in hydrogel could give people in remote places a portable way to produce hard-to-get medicines.

U. Washington • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing polymers drug-development hydrogels health-and-medicine

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