A Macromolecular Rapid Communications special issue, Polymer Materials and Engineering Research at Sichuan University, highlights recent research developments in novel polymer processing technologies; polymer nanocomposites; multicomponent polymer systems and solution thermodynamics; macromolecular synthetic methodology; and functional polymers for energy, sustainability, the environment, and biomedical applications.
Researchers develop a liquid crystalline elastomer robot fueled completely by visible light. The robot is capable of biomimetic locomotion resembling a caterpillar and can be operated directly on human skin.
Researchers achieve the Shockley–Queisser optimal bandgap for an organolead trihalide hybrid perovskite using high pressure.
Researchers have developed transient electronics that self-destruct via sublimation in dry conditions.
Researchers develop a highly effective DNA vaccine based on oscillating plasmonic gold nanoparticles for protection against the hepatitis C virus.
Beijing-based researchers design an electronic (E-skin) based on silk fibroin for wearable pressure sensor applications.
Zorlutuna and co-workers from the University of Notre Dame demonstrate muscle cells as diode components for biocomputing.
Researchers report the first example of a hydrogel for wound healing with both rapid self-healing ability and high mechanical strength.
K. Liang and co-workers demonstrate a zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) for preserving the cell life of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) and Micrococcus luteus in the presence of cytotoxic and antifungal agents.
Researchers have developed a biosensor to detect Sortase A (SrtA) in chronic wounds to assist in early diagnosis of infection.