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Materials chemistry news, February 2016

Scientists have shown that carbon films can allow microchips to house their own power sources.

Eight-armed nanoparticles of Au and Pd, which combine the catalytic and plasmonic capabilities of each element, could speed up chemical reactions.

Scientists have developed a shape-change polymer that can be triggered by body heat alone.

Scientists have created carbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries from pollen.

Scientists have produced clean interfaces between materials with different crystal structures by making a bridge between them.

Engineers have developed a way to convert paper waste into cellulose aerogels that are non-toxic, ultralight, absorbent and extremely strong.

By combining 3D laser lithography and pyrolysis, scientists have fabricated the smallest ever lattice structure made from glassy carbon.

A new technique can create nearly two-dimensional nanosheets from compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials.

For the first time, scientists have observed 'polar vortices', which could be the electrical cousins of magnetic skyrmions, in a ferroelectric material.

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Efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers can be achieved by controlling the orientation of the polymer chains.

Adding a plasticizer into electrostrictive polymers offers an efficient way to improve their energy harvesting performance.

For the first time, scientists have produced three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks by weaving them from helical organic threads.

A new polyester-based, biodegradable material with built-in vitamin A can reduce scarring in blood vessels.

A new composite glass-based material can block UV light and withstand long radiation exposure times without falling apart.

A thin coating of a composite material comprising graphene nanoribbons in epoxy is highly effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Scientists have engineered the transition point of vanadium dioxide, allowing them to control the temperature at which the transition occurs.

A new hole-transporting material costs only a fifth of existing versions while still producing solar cells with efficiencies above 20%.

Lithium-ion battery cathodes made from novel metal particles don't develop a crusty coating that can degrade the battery's performance.

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A thin, stretchable film offers a simpler, more cost-effective way to produce circularly polarized light for applications such as detecting cancer.

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