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Characterization news, July 2017

A little fluorine can turn two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride from an insulator to a semiconductor with magnetic properties.

Smoother surfaces on a solid electrolyte could eliminate or greatly reduce the problem of dendrite formation in lithium-ion batteries.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Researchers in Developing Countries.

Find out who will receive one of the 2016 Acta student awards.

By depositing bismuth onto a silicon carbide substrate, scientists have created a topological insulator that can work at room temperatures.

Scientists have increased the stiffness, or ‘elastic modulus’, of a soft silicon-based polymer by infusing it with tiny pockets of liquid gallium.

Scientists have developed a method for pulling super-stretchy and strong fibers with properties similar to spider silk out of a hydrogel.

A new low-temperature solution printing technique can fabricate high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals.

Scientists have found evidence for a new type of electron pairing that may broaden the search for new high-temperature superconductors.

The World Science Festival and Annals of Physics join forces at an event at Columbia University.

A combination of experimental and theoretical methods has revealed evidence of superconductivity on ultrathin lithium titanate films.

Revealing the presence of radioactive substances when they are no longer present.

Molecular cages - metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs).

Scientists have produced the most detailed study yet of the thermal effects of semiconducting metal-nitride nanowires.

Scientists have created a novel 2D material in which electrons travel in one direction with one type of spin, which could be useful for spintronics.

A new low-temperature catalyst can produce high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide.

Scientists have found that amorphous regions of a polymer film can transport ions, while crystalline regions are better at conducting electrons.

Scientists have made theoretically-predicted heterostructural alloys, blends of compounds that don't share the same atomic arrangement.

A novel nickel oxide compound is an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity.

A new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light could improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of concentrator photovoltaics.

Mimicking useful properties of melanin-like materials.

Assemblies of metallic nanoparticles at multiple length scales behave like bulk magnets and display shape-dependent behavior.

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