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Characterization news, March 2018

Using an array of circuit boards, scientists have produced a ‘human scale’ analogue of a new phase of matter known as quadrupole topological insulators.

By observing atomic vibrations with a new electron microscope, scientists have been able to measure the nanoscale temperature of hexagonal boron nitride.

Polyurethane/black phosphorous composite is a biodegradable, remotely trigged shape memory polymer.

Scientists have shown that both the proportion and distribution of chemical groups at the surface of silica dictates how it interacts with water.

Find out about the winners of this year's Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

A new glass made from zinc and organic compounds has a better glass-forming ability than conventional silica-based glass.

Scientists used advanced electron microscopy techniques to study the atomic structure of the surface and interior of a lithium-ion battery electrode.

A new technique can ‘sew’ two patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to create atomically-thin fabrics for use in electronic devices.

Using a 3D layer of silicone as the substrate for a lithium metal anode can mitigate dendrite formation and dramatically extend battery life.

Researchers have discovered more details about the way certain materials hold a static electric charge even after two surfaces separate.

Lab experiments retracing the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space could offer new ways to produce graphene.

A novel method for producing various albumin-based gels could allow them to be developed as implants for delivering drugs over extended periods.

A new technique can pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion battery electrodes in three dimensions at the nanoscale level.

A graphene superlattice consisting of two sheets rotated at slightly different orientations can display both insulating and superconducting properties.

Understanding why a 2D material grown on a sapphire substrate had worse properties than predicted has allowed scientists to improve those properties.

A novel imaging technique uses a tiny needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2D images to reconstruct a 3D picture,

Scientists have discovered that previously undetected manganese atoms contaminating graphene are responsible for its catalytic abilities.

A novel machine learning-based method for classifying steel is much more accurate and objective than conventional quality control procedures.

Using state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, scientists have discovered that a prototypical ‘relaxor’ material has an unexpected atomic structure.

Using 'molecular anvils' made from tiny diamond particles, scientists have conducted the first chemical reactions triggered by mechanical pressure alone.

Using experiments and modeling, scientists have found that interactions between layers of 2D titanium disulfide are stronger than theory suggests.

High-intensity infrared laser pulses have revealed a hidden state of electronic order in a cuprate comprising lanthanum, barium, copper and oxygen.

Hybrid electrode material enables fast ion conduction through continuous ceramic fibers, flexibility, and ability to use polymer roll-to-roll processing.

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