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

Dispersing individual platinum atoms on a copper surface can produce a highly effective hydrogenation catalyst.

A new tri-lab consortium in the US will aim to design new solid-state materials for storing hydrogen gas.

Using a new concept for designing catalysts, scientists have developed a more effective platinum-based catalyst for fuel cells.

A new initiative is looking to develop entropy-stabilized alloys able to withstand extremely high temperatures.

Bimetallic catalysts don't always need a core-shell structure but can be produced by covering the core in distinct patches of metal.

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

Scientists have uncovered a design rule that allows the creation of peptide-like nanosheets that are larger and flatter than any biological structure.

improving solar cells performance by cooling in sunlight

4D printing technology that creates complex self-folding structures

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.

A novel materials-by-design approach can lead to the development of nanocellulose materials with better mechanical properties.

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

A new polymeric fuel additive for jet engines can reduce the intensity of post-impact explosions.

A speedy way to produce graphene aerogels for use in energy applications, catalysis and environmental clean-up could be one step closer....

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 created the first entropy-stabilized alloy that incorporates oxides.

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.

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