materials science

A process for engineering next-generation soft materials with embedded chemical networks that mimic the behavior of neural tissue has been developed by researchers at Brandeis University. The new material could lead to autonomous soft robotics, dual sensors and actuators for soft exoskeletons, or artificial skins. The work paves the way for futuristic soft active matter… Read more

A material’s persistent photoconductivity has, for the first time, been used to stimulate neurotype cells. The relatively simple technique could lead to future research on using charge to influence cellular behavior. A material that demonstrates persistent photoconductivity gains a negative charge on its surface when exposed to the right wavelength of light, and retains that… Read more

Materials scientists have developed a new material that performs like a cell membrane found in nature. Such a material has long been sought for applications as varied as water purification and drug delivery. Referred to as a lipid-like peptoid, the material can assemble itself into a sheet thinner, but more stable, than a soap bubble… Read more

A new material could positively impact millions of dental patients by allowing dental fillings that help heal teeth when they are injured from dental disease or dental surgery. Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University have developed therapeutic synthetic, light-curable, biomaterials for dental treatments that support native dental stem… Read more

An electrical graphene chip capable of detecting mutations in DNA has been developed by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego. Researchers say the technology could eventually be applied in various medical uses such as blood-based tests for early cancer screening, monitoring disease biomarkers and real-time detection of viral and microbial sequences. The technology… Read more