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Characterization news, January 2018

Layered material proves to have handy electronic structure

Scientists have used spiraling X-rays to observe, for the first time, chirality, or handedness, in swirling electric patterns in a layered material.

Lithium discovered reversing out of nanoparticles in battery electrodes

Scientists have witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles in a battery electrode reverse during power generation.

For the first time, researchers have compared measurements of a class of metals produced by neutron scattering with realistic theoretical calculations.

Scientists have developed a water-absorbing metal-organic framework that can suck up to twice its weight in atmospheric moisture.

Researchers have discovered a way to flip an iron-based superconductor between superconducting and non-superconducting states using a microscope.

An innovative platinum and copper alloy catalyst can convert methane from shale gas into hydrocarbon fuels without becoming coated in carbon.

By conducting systematic studies, researchers have provided a quantitative picture of how surface conditions control the growth of metal nanocrystals.

A novel method for removing contaminants from carbon nanotubes has helped to reveal why their electrical properties are so difficult to measure.

By utilizing flat coils with different shapes, scientists have adapted nuclear magnetic resonance to study nanomaterials and exotic states of matter.

Applying pressure at the nanoscale to two layers of graphene transforms them into a super-hard, diamond-like material, termed diamene.

The transfer of energy from nanomaterials to molecules can go both ways, causing the nanomaterials to photoluminesce over long timescales.

Quantum effects allow samarium nickelate to mimic a shark's sixth sense, by detecting minute electric fields in salt water.

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Comparing the results reported in thousands of papers about the properties of MOFs revealed that replicability could be a problem in material science.

A nanotextured surface on a stainless steel alloy, produced by an electrochemical etching process, can kill bacteria while not harming mammalian cells.

Two-step thermal reduction process boosts conductivity and mobility of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), opening up new potential applications.

Adding a tiny amount of boron to a carbon-containing plasma can alter the grain size and electrical properties of the diamond film produced by the plasma.

Using analytical techniques, scientists have discovered how the atomic structure of lithium-rich battery cathodes evolves during charging and discharging.

Scientists have developed a new method for produce semiconducting graphene nanoribbons by heating a specially-prepared polymer.

Scientists have produced a ‘topological excitonic insulator’ for the first time by cooling stacked semiconductors to below 10K.

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