materials

E-skin has a strong future stretching ahead

E-skin has a strong future stretching ahead

A material that mimics human skin in strength, stretchability and sensitivity could be used to collect biological data in real time.

Microrobots of metal and plastic

Microrobots of metal and plastic

Researchers have developed a technique for manufacturing micrometre-​long machines by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.

Understanding the utility of plasmas

Understanding the utility of plasmas

Researchers aim to better explain the way plasmas interact with biological materials to help pave the way for plasma use in wound healing and cancer therapy.

Sound waves power advances in smart materials

Sound waves power advances in smart materials

Researchers at have revealed how high-frequency sound waves can be used to build new materials, make smart nanoparticles and even deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.

More skin-like, e-skin that can feel

More skin-like, e-skin that can feel

Researchers developed a multimodal ion-electronic skin that distinguishes temperature from mechanical stimuli.

3D printing strong and tough hydrogels

3D printing strong and tough hydrogels

Skin and cartilage are both strong and flexible – properties that are hard to replicate in artificial materials. But a new fabrication process brings lifelike synthetic polymers a step closer.

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