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Crystalline materials news, May 2016

Light has healing effect on perovskite films

Scientists have found that certain defects in perovskite films can be healed by illuminating the films with intense light.

Scientists have shown that a supercrystal with a spiral shape made from quantum dots can identify chiral molecules.

A novel perovskite-based nanomaterial changes color when it interacts with ions and other small molecules during a chemical reaction.

Metal-organic frameworks can remove the contaminant acetylene from ethylene, allowing it to be converted into polyethylene.

Sandwiching graphene between two layers of boron nitride produces a 'superlattice' that allows a single photon to excite multiple electrons.

Scientists have discovered that the degradation of perovskite solar cells in sunlight is reduced at low temperatures and reversed in the dark.

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A new technique for depositing diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride can integrate the two materials into a single crystalline structure.

Scientists have found that the key to fast ion conduction in a solid electrolyte are tiny features that maximize ion transport pathways.

Graphene coatings could save energy by eliminating friction and reduce wear and tear on mechanical components.

Superlattices could enable a new generation of electronic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices.

When stretched in one direction, a novel 'adaptive protein crystal' thickens in the opposite direction, rather than thinning as most other materials do.

Scientists have worked out why large polymer microgel particles in an assembly will spontaneously shrink to the size of smaller neighboring particles.

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