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Inspired by natural adhesive materials, scientists have developed a synthetic version that can be controlled remotely using UV light.

A new metamaterial can be easily manipulated to alter the stiffness of its surface by orders of magnitude, from rubber to steel.

A new computational design strategy can pinpoint optimal materials for coating the cathode in lithium-ion batteries to protect it from degradation.

A new oxidatively-modified carbon material is highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations such as cesium and strontium.

A titanium surface covered in fluorinated nanotubes can repel blood and so could reduce blood clotting by medical implants.

Structural defects and jagged surfaces of nanoparticles shown to be key to catalysis.

Depending on the synthesis conditions, gold nanoclusters can self-assemble to form 2D hexagonally-ordered layers or 3D capsid structures.

Scientists have used a unique infrared probe to study how the atomic structure of gold and platinum nanoparticles affects their function as catalysts.

In some water-splitting catalysts, oxygen comes from within the catalyst material itself, as well as from the surrounding water molecules.

Submissions for the 8th annual Reaxys PhD Prize are now open.

Firing highly-charged xenon ions at graphene has revealed that the electrons in this material are highly mobile, generating a very high current density.

A novel self-assembly technique can create multilayer, multi-patterned 3D nanoscale structures with unprecedented complexity.

Through changes in its atomic vibration energy, graphene can distinguish a single hyperactive cancerous cell from a normal cell.

Enjoy free access to the anniversary special issue of Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science.

Novel fuel cell catalysts comprising atomically-ordered platinum-lead 'nanoplates' display high catalytic activity, stability and durability.

Graphene forms the basis for a new imaging platform that can map the electrical fields generated by networks of heart and nerve cells.

Insight into the friction in layered graphene.

A new perspective article reviews the state-of-the-art of autonomous polymers and lays out future directions for the field.

Using plasmonic silver nanocubes, researchers have developed a novel technique for printing and imaging across a range of colors.

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