Pollen-based ‘paper’ holds promise for new generation of natural components

Image of scientists showing pollen-based paper.

(EurekAlert/Nanyang Technological University) Scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to changing levels of environmental humidity. The ability of this paper made from pollen to alter its mechanical characteristics in response to external stimuli may make it useful in a wide range of applications, including soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.