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Characterization news, June 2022

A novel method for growing thin-films of barium titanate with few defects could lead to more energy efficient electronic devices.

Taking steps towards new carbon structures

well-ordered novel carbon nanostructures such as nanowalls can be grown by electrodeposition from molten salts

Researchers have shown that machine learing can automatically process the diffraction patterns produced by analyzing suface superstructures on silicon.

Using a kind of puzzle-solving process, researchers have pieced together a method to determine how different 2D materials respond to disorder.

Unique properties of 2D materials stressed by contoured substrates

Researchers have discovered that the dielectric constant of their strontium titanate films exceeds 25,000 – the highest ever measured for this material.

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Researchers have used a novel spectroscopy technique to map the dynamic behavior of phonons in quantum dots at atomic scale.

Using spinning arrays of magnetic particles, researchers have modeled how shear influences grain boundaries in polycrystalline materials.

Higher-eigen-mode imaging has revealed that a flexible semiconducting polymer has a ‘fruitcake’ structure with harder and softer regions.

Using computational and experimental methods, researchers have compared the superconducting properties of layered nickelates and cuprates.

Researchers have discovered that the tiny defects that limit the efficiency of perovskite solar cells are also responsible for their degradation over time.

By reacting sugar molecules with alkali metal salts, researchers have created a sponge-like material that can trap carbon dioxide in its cavities.

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