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Materials chemistry news, December 2015

A new process that uses vapor, rather than liquid, to grow metal-organic frameworks could lead to a new breed of powerful electronic devices.

A new mixed oxide catalyst made from zinc and zirconium can convert bio-based ethanol to isobutene in one easy step.

Scientist have modeled a new hybrid material that can reconfigure itself into different shapes when exposed to light and heat.

Metal organic framework materials using CVD.

Counting electrons to boost catalyst efficiency

Top 5 news items of 2015 from Materials Today.

Scientists have developed a freeze-casting technique that allows them to design and create strong, tough and lightweight materials.

A novel hydrocarbon-based nanomaterial could be a ‘green’ replacement for superhydrophobic fluorocarbons.

Scientists have have produced highly durable and active platinum-iron nanoparticles with a carbon shell for use as fuel cell catalysts.

A new germanium nanofilm not only shimmers like an opal but is hard as a crystal, exceptionally thin and highly porous.

Scientists have used graphene produced by heating plastic sheets with a laser to create flexible, solid-state micro-supercapacitors.

Researchers have developed cancer-killing nanoparticles that swell and burst when exposed to near-infrared laser light.

Could oceans be cleaned using entirely self-powered systems? A group of Chinese researchers believes so...

A newly-developed polymer can minimize energy loss when converting sunlight to electricity in a solar cell.

Scientists have developed a new process for fabricating 'perfect' white graphene, also known as hexagonal boron nitride.

Scientists have discovered that doping tin selenide with sodium boosts its performance as a thermoelectric material.

Using an organic superacid to fix defects in molybdenum disulphide produced a 100-fold increase in its photoluminescence quantum yield.

Scientists have developed novel catalysts made from self-assembled porous silica material containing finely-positioned metal nanoparticles.

Scientists have used scanning transmission electron microscopy to track atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts.

A novel ‘water-in-salt’ aqueous lithium-ion battery is able to produce double the voltage of other aqueous batteries.

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