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Characterization news, April 2018

Defects prove beneficial for 2D materials

Defects in two-dimensional materials can enhance their physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and catalytic properties.

Impurity helps form SEI in lithium-ion batteries

Scientists have discovered that a reaction involving the impurity hydrogen fluoride helps form the solid-electrolyte interphase in lithium-ion batteries.

A novel X-ray nanoprobe beamline can observe materials down to a scale of just 10nm and capture multiple images of different material properties.

Scientists have developed a model that draws on oxidation kinetics to explain how stress affects the formation and spread of oxide layers in alloys.

Find out about the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding review awards from the Acta Journals.

An artificial intelligence system has discovered three new metallic glass materials 200 times faster than could be done before.

A novel database of inorganic thin-film materials for energy applications developed by NREL scientists contains more than 140,000 sample entries.

A new material made of sodium, phosphorous, tin and sulfur, with a tetragonal crystal shape, should make an effective electrolyte in solid-state batteries.

Scientists have witnessed exotic superconductivity in the material ytterbium-bismuth-platinum that relies on highly unusual electron interactions.

Gold nanoparticles are remarkably robust when exposed to very high temperatures, but their atomic structures tend to fluctuate.

Constant illumination relaxes the crystal lattice of a perovskite material, making it more efficient at collecting sunlight and converting it to energy.

A solid oxide protective coating for metals, when applied in sufficiently thin layers, can deform as if it were a liquid, filling any cracks and gaps.

A novel method can produce linked networks of metal oxides, held together by boron, that possess interesting catalytic or electronic properties.

Scientists have developed the first technique able to meld ions from up to eight different elements to form high entropy alloyed nanoparticles.

A polymer thermal conductor with rigid, ordered monomer chains can conduct 10 times more heat than most commercially used polymers.

Scientists have discovered that a barium-iron-arsenic superconductor changes its magnetic properties when put under mechanical strain.

Scientists created an electrically conducting crystal made from layers of iron and tin atoms, with each layer arranged in the pattern of a kagome lattice.

Scientists have furthered their understanding of how, when and where the atoms in molten metal ‘lock’ into place during the production of metallic glass.

When placed between the two electrodes of a lithium-metal battery, a graphene oxide 'nanosheet' can prevent the formation of lithium dendrites.

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