In this feature article pH regulation in self-assembled materials is reviewed, presenting an exciting class of molecular imaging and therapeutic agents.
4D Printing: Smart Valves
Australian researchers report on a 4D-printed thermally active hydrogel valve, which can control the flow of water.
ESCARGOT: A New Approach for Microfluidic Devices
Scientists based in the Netherlands and Spain have recently developed a two-step printed scaffold-removal method to fabricate intricate microfluidic devices.
Practical Nanowire-Based Flexile Electronics
A new solvothermal approach to synthesize ultrathin nanowires, with applications in flexile photodetectors, is demonstrated.
Temperature-Responsive Hydrogel Films
Cross-linked hydrogel-particle films with tunable size, shape, porosity and optical transmission are obtained with a simple evaporation method.
Electronic Skin: Bridging the Gap for Human–Machine Interaction
In this comprehensive review, the main research routes and technologies that are being followed to deliver high-performance electronic skin are discussed.
Say It With Flowers to Boost Lithium Storage
A unique 3D reduced graphene oxide–cobalt oxide composite material presents promising properties as an anode for lithium-ion batteries.
Non-Toxic and Efficient: New Developments for Polymer Solar Cells
A team of US and Chinese scientists has demonstrated a new, nonhalogenated solvent system to produce high performance polymer solar cells.
Custom Fit: Self-Wrapping 3D Electronics
A team of researchers at Stanford University has developed shape-controlled, self-wrapping electronics based on carbon nanotubes.
Hybrid Superstructures Boost Lithium-Ion Research
Hierarchical structuring in hybrid amorphous/crystalline nanowire bundles provides a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries.