An innovative strong and stretchy plastic, which can be healed with heat, remembers its shape and is partially biodegradable, has been developed by Japanese researchers.
Scientists have developed a lab-made hydrogel that behaves like natural tissue, with a number of qualities that have implications for medical, food and manufacturing technology.
Scientists have witnessed pieces of metal crack and then fuse back together without any human intervention, overturning fundamental scientific theories in the process.
Konstanz chemists have created a mineral plastic that is hard, non-flammable, self-healing and can be produced at room temperature in water. It is also biodegradable.
It was previously believed that the solid nature of gels emerges through glass formation.
While many materials melt when heated, Japanese researchers have discovered a novel material in which melting can be induced by ultraviolet light instead of being induced only by heat.
Surface scientists have developed a simple method to produce large and very clean 2D samples from a range of materials using three different substrates.
Engineers have designed miniature robots that can rapidly and reversibly shift between liquid and solid states, as well as being able to conduct electricity.
Researchers have combined natural squid tissues with synthetic polymers to develop a strong and versatile hydrogel that mimics many of the properties of biological tissues.
A polyester plastic of great mechanical stability, which is also easily recyclable and even compostable, has been developed at the University of Konstanz.
Viruses can hitchhike on microplastics and prolong their infectivity, and non-stick cookware can release millions of microplastics as it loses its coating.
Australian scientists have confirmed the existence of lonsdaleite, a rare hexagonal form of diamond, in ureilite meteorites from inside an ancient dwarf planet.
Researchers 3D printed a dual-phase, nanostructured high-entropy alloy that is said to exceed the strength and ductility of other additively manufactured materials.
The Lloyd TA1 food texture analyser is suitable for conducting detailed texture analysis on food and packaging with applications up to 1 kN.
Researchers mimicked limpet tooth formation in a laboratory and used it to create a new composite biomaterial — one which could rival the strength of synthetics.