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Crystalline materials news, January 2020

Applying an AC electric field to a piezoelectric crystal can turn it transparent by realigning its crystalline domains.

Although intentional defects in a battery cathode can improve its performance, too many defects can leave the cathode at risk of fracture.

Stellar material is older than old

A new DNA-programmable nanofabrication platform can organize and assemble a variety of different nanomaterials in the same prescribed ways.

The properties of perovskites can be controlled with strain engineering by growing thin films on substrates with different compositions.

A novel composite material based on a metal-organic framework that can destroy toxic nerve agents has been integrated with textile fibers.

A new method for growing thin layers of the semiconductor gallium nitride can produce high-power transistors.

Second-order nonlinear optical effects can be induced in a titanium dioxide slab by covering it in gold triangles.

Scientists have found a way to study the structure and properties of the underside of a freestanding complex oxide thin film.

By using aqueous electrolytes with a novel electrode, researchers have been able to produce a safe, cost-efficient battery that still performs well.

Droplets containing chain-like liquid crystal molecules with different lengths can transform into complex shapes when the temperature drops.

A novel polymer sponge covered in nanocrystalline silicon can remove over 90% of oil microdroplets from wastewater within 10 minutes.

nanocrystal core-shell catalyst for fuel cells uses less Pt but drives the oxygen reduction reaction more efficiently and is more durable

2019 Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes the development of high-quality growth methods for III-V compound semiconductor materials

A novel polymer can quickly transform from a thermal conductor to an insulator, and back again, in response to temperature changes.

Turning natural atomic flaws inside diamond anvils into quantum sensors offers a novel way to study the effects of pressure on materials.

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