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Carbon news, February 2016

Graphene could form basis for frictionless coatings

The discovery that graphene produces almost no friction when dragged across a gold surface suggests that it could be used as a frictionless coating.

Placing graphene on top of common soda-lime glass influences its electronic properties, reducing the need for chemical doping.

Scientists have shown that carbon films can allow microchips to house their own power sources.

A material made of buckyballs and potassium ions becomes superconducting at -170°C when irradiated with pulses of infrared light.

Micromanipulator based on graphene and polymers mimics the extraordinary ability of gecko's feet to grip any surface and self-clean.

Scientists have created carbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries from pollen.

The first known statistical theory for determining the toughness of polycrystalline graphene has revealed that it's strong but not very tough.

By combining 3D laser lithography and pyrolysis, scientists have fabricated the smallest ever lattice structure made from glassy carbon.

Origami-inspired graphene-based paper can self-fold into boxes, hand-like grippers, and walking devices.

New CVD growth process can produce high quality wafers of single crystal graphene fast.

Graphite foams may be the key to capturing and storing thermal energy from solar farms, say researchers from the University of Pretoria.

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Common coaxial data cables could be made 50% lighter with a new carbon nanotube-based outer conductor.

For the first time, scientists have produced three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks by weaving them from helical organic threads.

Scientists have worked out the precise arrangement of nitrogen and carbon atoms that allow nitrogen-doped carbon to act as a fuel cell catalyst.

Oxygen molecules scattered within layers of otherwise pristine graphene affect how the layers interact with each other under strain.

A thin coating of a composite material comprising graphene nanoribbons in epoxy is highly effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Scientists have developed computer models of hybrid materials that combine graphene with nanotubes made from either carbon or boron nitride.

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