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Characterization news, May 2016

Novel perovskite can monitor chemical reactions in real time

A novel perovskite-based nanomaterial changes color when it interacts with ions and other small molecules during a chemical reaction.

Because it changes from a solid state to a liquid state at around 30°C, gallium can make an effective reversible adhesive.

Scientists have discovered that the degradation of perovskite solar cells in sunlight is reduced at low temperatures and reversed in the dark.

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A novel electron microscopy technique can visualize the nanoscale structural changes that occur in battery materials during discharge.

A silicone-based polymer applied to the skin as a thin coating can mimic the mechanical and elastic properties of healthy, youthful skin.

Scientists have uncovered the mechanisms that cause a mixture of cornstarch and water known as ‘oobleck’ to switch between a liquid and a solid.

Scientists have found that the key to fast ion conduction in a solid electrolyte are tiny features that maximize ion transport pathways.

Using a layer of molybdenum disulfide less than 1nm thick, researchers have designed a system able to absorb more than 35% of incident light.

Graphene coatings could save energy by eliminating friction and reduce wear and tear on mechanical components.

A new transmission electron microscopy tool allows scientists to see for the first time ‘nanoscale’ mixing processes occurring in liquids.

Foam produced with 3D printing has better durability and long-term mechanical performance than conventional foam.

The heat transfer abilities of graphene nanoflakes can be enhanced by functionalizing them with amino-based and azide-based silane molecules.

Scientists have worked out why large polymer microgel particles in an assembly will spontaneously shrink to the size of smaller neighboring particles.

Scientists have created an artificial protein that is able to construct a lattice made from buckyballs.

Scientists have discovered that a couple of boron atoms placed very precisely in silicon offer a convenient way to study the quantum world.

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