Scientific Highlights

7th August 2020

Designing Optimal Super-liquid-repellent Surfaces

Scientist from Durham University research into doubly reentrant surfaces designed for optimal water... (Read more)
3rd August 2020
A flexible membrane ring is pulled or pushed (indicated by arrows) by internal self-propelled filaments. Filaments mutually interact repulsively via membrane deformation, and thereby align parallel to each other in clusters. Copyright: Utrecht University/Forschungszentrum Jülich

Artificial Cells and Soft Microrobots: Controlling Shape, Motility, and Sensing

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, propose that engineered flexocytes with desired mechanosensitive capabilities enable the construction of soft-matter microrobots... (Read more)
3rd August 2020
Schematic representation of the tube dilation in linear-linear and star-linear blends. The undilated tube has a diameter and increases with time as a consequence of constraint release (CR) – relaxation of a given chain driven by the motions of surrounding chains. Copyright: University of the Basque Country

Direct Observation of Tube Dilation in Polymer Blends

Scientists of the University of the Basque Country and Forschungszentrum Jülich exploited the spatial and time resolution of neutron spin echo (NSE) to directly probe the time-dependent tube dilation in blends of entangled... (Read more)
3rd August 2020

Achieving Long Spin Diffusion Lengths in Carbon-based Semiconductors

Scientists of the University of Mainz report measuring spin diffusion lengths in doped conjugated polymers using a lateral spin transport device architecture, which is based on spin pumping injection and inverse spin Hall... (Read more)