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Materials chemistry news, February 2017

LEDs made from arrays of nanorods that can both emit and detect light could lead to interactive displays that charge themselves from ambient light.

Hair of blue tarantulas shows how to produce structurally colored materials.

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Scientists have found a way to produce and measure the properties of a single, three-atom-thick layer of tungsten ditelluride.

Mildred Dresselhaus sadly passes away at the age of 86.

Researchers have found a perovskite mineral with the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time.

Using macrophages with flow cytometry, a rapid screening method can determine how medical nanoparticles interact with the immune system.

Adding two different additives to the same polymer semiconductor offers a simple way to modify its electrical properties.

A new way of mass-producing graphene uses just three simple ingredients: hydrocarbon gas, oxygen and a spark plug.

A new computational design strategy can pinpoint optimal materials for coating the cathode in lithium-ion batteries to protect it from degradation.

Synthetic nanoparticles can achieve the same level of structural complexity, hierarchy and accuracy as biomolecules such as proteins.

New synthesis mechanism transforms bulk metal alloys directly into nanowires.

A new oxidatively-modified carbon material is highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations such as cesium and strontium.

Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists have discovered cracking of cathode particles as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged.

A three-dimensional, foldable radiator coated with a vanadium oxide-based material could remove or retain heat on small satellites.

Scientists have developed a simple, inexpensive technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk powders at ambient conditions.

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