Materials chemistry news, August 2015

Scientists have invented a glue that hardens when a voltage is applied to it, allowing it to be used in wet and damp conditions.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £6.65 million grant for research into new advanced energy materials.

Scientists have developed a novel material that possesses both spontaneous magnetization and electric polarization.

A novel form of graphene with embedded metallic nanoparticles makes a useful fuel cell catalyst.

A new fabrication method allows unstable 2D materials to be isolated as single atomic layers for the first time.

A team of judges have completed the evaluation of nominees for the 2014 Acta Student Awards.

Tuning band gap in black phosphorus for better semiconductors.

A new method of gene sequencing.

Electronic devices that use DNA to harvest energy from motion.

Dutch chemists have developed a novel kind of polymer than can report when it changes shape.

Using high-pressure conditions, scientists have induced colossal magnetoresistance in a pure sample of lanthanum manganite.

The softness of a new dry silicone rubber can be tailored to match a variety of biological tissues.

Scientists have developed a new energy-efficient catalyst for converting carbon dioxide directly into the liquid fuel methanol.

Scientists have developed a new hydrogel that stretches and contracts in response to changing temperature.

An iron-telluride material can develop superconductivity with no long-range electronic or magnetic order when ‘doped’ with sulfur.

Nanoparticles with a solid shell and a ‘yolk’ inside that can change size make a good anode for rechargeable batteries.

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that aren’t naturally magnetic.

Scientists have developed an entirely new material spun out of boron, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen.

Researchers have found that catalysis and wetting, two processes, which had been considered unrelated, are in fact closely linked

Scientists one step closer to understanding how certain materials display high oxygen mobility at room-temperature.

A research team has found that catalysis and wetting, which had been considered unrelated, are in fact closely linked.

Researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries.

Researchers, have shown how nature uses a variety of pathways to grow crystals that go beyond the classical, one-atom-at-a-time route.

Research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length.

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