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Electronic properties news, February 2016

Placing graphene on top of common soda-lime glass influences its electronic properties, reducing the need for chemical doping.

Scientists have shown that carbon films can allow microchips to house their own power sources.

A material made of buckyballs and potassium ions becomes superconducting at -170°C when irradiated with pulses of infrared light.

Eight-armed nanoparticles of Au and Pd, which combine the catalytic and plasmonic capabilities of each element, could speed up chemical reactions.

Scientists have uncovered evidence of electronic nematicity as a universal feature in cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

A new technique can create nearly two-dimensional nanosheets from compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials.

For the first time, scientists have observed 'polar vortices', which could be the electrical cousins of magnetic skyrmions, in a ferroelectric material.

New CVD growth process can produce high quality wafers of single crystal graphene fast.

Bending the rules on pressure sensors

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Efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers can be achieved by controlling the orientation of the polymer chains.

Adding a plasticizer into electrostrictive polymers offers an efficient way to improve their energy harvesting performance.

Common coaxial data cables could be made 50% lighter with a new carbon nanotube-based outer conductor.

The electrical properties of a new thin-film material can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage.

A thin coating of a composite material comprising graphene nanoribbons in epoxy is highly effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Scientists have engineered the transition point of vanadium dioxide, allowing them to control the temperature at which the transition occurs.

Researchers have used magnetic fields to control the semiconductor properties of topological insulator nanoribbons.

A new hole-transporting material costs only a fifth of existing versions while still producing solar cells with efficiencies above 20%.

A metamaterial comprising an array of metallic wires can significantly boost the sensitivity of MRI machines.

Lithium-ion battery cathodes made from novel metal particles don't develop a crusty coating that can degrade the battery's performance.

Scientists have developed computer models of hybrid materials that combine graphene with nanotubes made from either carbon or boron nitride.

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