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Materials chemistry news, September 2015

A non-toxic, inexpensive cathode material for sodium-ion batteries is more stable than previous versions.

A nanosheet-based photonic crystal that changes color in response to moisture could be used for 'contactless control'.

Understanding the behavior of silicon nitride could lead to better performance devices for orthopedics.

A new stretchable, transparent conductor can be stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue.

Scientists have developed complex self-folding structures using components made from smart shape-memory polymers.

A novel transparent material improves the performance of solar cells by shunting away heat while still letting through visible light.

origami technique produces stiff but flexible engineering structures

new light-sensitive, plant–human hybrid protein molecule could help memory

A team of physicists has induced stable ferroelectricity in a sheet of strontium titanate only a few nanometers thick.

Hydrogen-making catalyst using cheaper and more abundant materials.

Scientists have developed coated silica nanoparticles for treating sensitive teeth.

A new study of the catalytic behavior of platinum nanoparticles has revealed the importance of the iron oxide they sit on.

Scientists have developed a unique model for the fast and accurate prediction of novel metal alloy materials for catalysis.

A new model can predict for the first time which combinations of metals will best form metallic glass.

A new catalyst could help fuel-efficient automobile engines to run more cleanly and efficiently.

Simple, new technique creates tiny hollow cages of Pt with walls just a few atoms thick that could be used in catalysis.

Growing graphene on a liquid layers enables the production of high quality, large single crystals.

Scientists have announced the first observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor.

A novel catalyst made from cheap, abundant materials is almost as effective as platinum at splitting water to produce hydrogen.

Growing magnetic layers on a 2D crystal can provide highly local control over the preferred direction of the magnetism.

Scientists have discovered that plastics don't need to possess ordered polymer chains in order to conduct electricity.

Elsevier celebrate Kris Matyjaszewski’s 65th Birthday with a Special Issue of polymer on Macromolecular Engineering dedicated to him.

Scientists have created the first synthetic structure made of both protein and DNA.

Working with Nissan, a team of researchers have successfully developed a platinum-free catalyst, for use in fuel cells for the car's of tomorrow.

Theoretical calculations suggest that the properties of atom-thick sheets of boron depend on where those atoms are deposited.

A single drop of water can repair tears in a novel biopolymer derived from the suckers on squid tentacles.

By finding a way to get metal-organic frameworks to melt, scientists have developed a novel type of glass.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £5.4 million grant for research into new advanced biomaterials in healthcare.

Engineers have created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like velcro.

A novel molecular system can both absorb carbon dioxide and selectively reduce it to carbon monoxide.

Polymer scaffolding has allowed scientists to see how plant cells behave and interact with each other in a 3D environment.

Scientists in the US have taken advantage of a sponge-like gel called a ‘cryogel’ to produce a novel type of cancer vaccine.

Software developed at Purdue University for modeling composite materials has been commercialized by a US company.

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