Materials chemistry news, January 2016

A novel plastic material containing spiky nanoparticles of graphene-coated nickel can prevent lithium-ion batteries from overheating.

The empty spaces that form between nanoparticles in self-assembling clusters can act as nanoflasks for speeding up chemical reactions.

Cell-free protein synthesis for on-demand therapeutic proteins.

manipulating electrons in thin semiconductors by confining them in device made from 2D material

Encoding images in infrared signals.

optoelectronic microprocessors using light to move information

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Copper alloy nanoparticles can be used to produce affordable conductive inks with high oxidation resistance.

Depositing organic polymers on a metal substrate offers a new way to fabricate atomically-controlled carbon nanostructures.

A new way to produce solid-state lithium-ion batteries involves melting the solid electrolyte and then coating it onto the battery electrodes.

Through its use of low-cost materials, a new flow battery technology is projected to cost 60% less than today's standard flow batteries.

A novel solid electrolyte for lithium batteries made from polymer and glass overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes.

A new type of synthetic bone graft can boost the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients.

New faster high-res AFM that can take real-time videos.

Scientists have developed a new process that can produce silica compounds from the hulls left over from processing rice.

Scientists have created a two-dimensional sheet of boron, analogous to graphene, which they term borophene.

Modeling shows hybrid material that responds to different stimuli.

New firefighting foam based on silica nanoparticles.

Scientists have experimentally confirmed that graphene nanoribbons with certain precise widths are metallic rather than semiconducting.

Thin films of correlated metals such as strontium vanadate are both highly transparent and electrically conductive.

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