Electronic properties news, October 2015

An innovative redox-flow battery utilizes a liquid electrolyte made from organic polymers and water.

A simple solvent can replace the annealing step currently used in the production of bulk heterojunction solar cells.

Scientists have discovered why silver electrodes in perovskite solar cells are prone to corrosion.

A new patterning process can fabricate electrically-conductive features as small as 4nm onto individual graphene oxide sheets.

Scientists have found a way to manipulate tiny magnetic vortices known as skyrmions using mechanical energy.

A novel dielectric film has a similar refractive index to air but is strong enough to be incorporated into electronic and photonic devices.

Circular nanohoops containing both carbon and nitrogen atoms represent a new class of organic semiconductor.

Scientists have experimentally confirmed that black phosphorous nanoribbons have a strong in-plane anisotropy in thermal conductivity.

improving the stability of quantum dots by chemically altering their surface in an environmentally benign way

A newly-developed fabrication method can produce large perovskite solar cells with a 15% energy conversion efficiency.

Scientists have discovered that the electronic properties of organic semiconductors differ where they interface with other materials.

Symmetry-breaking superconductors

Growing vertical tetraaniline structures on a graphene substrate

Tungsten selenide and sulfide monolayers by modified CVD

A unique and novel type of nanoribbon could enhance the efficiency of organic solar cells.

Scientists have measured the behavior of individual atoms in dielectric materials when exposed to an electric field.

problem dendrites in batteries dealt with by heat

A new electrode material could allow micro-supercapacitors to match the energy-storage ability of batteries.

A new type of anode made from mushrooms could lead to lithium-ion batteries that increase capacity with repeated charging.

Scientists have developed artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water and mimic the natural blooming process.

Materials Today now invites researchers to propose projects that fit within the scope of the Grand Challenge.

Atomically thin sheets of hybrid perovskites represent the first 2D semiconductors made from ionic materials.

A magnetoelastic alloy consisting of iron doped with the metal gallium could form the basis for wireless impact detectors.

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