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Materials chemistry news, July 2017

Material with both flexibility and stiffness inspired by nature

Composite materials combining properties of both flexibility and stiffness.

New technique improves perovskite solar cells

Meniscus-assisted technique could lead to high efficiency perovskite films.

A little fluorine can turn two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride from an insulator to a semiconductor with magnetic properties.

Spider silk shown to resist twisting forces by yielding when twisted, helping to dissipate energy.

Submit your nomination for the 2018 Robert Cahn Award today.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Researchers in Developing Countries.

Scientists have created the first machine learning method for predicting the properties of new metals, ceramics and other crystalline materials.

Find out who will receive one of the 2016 Acta student awards.

By depositing bismuth onto a silicon carbide substrate, scientists have created a topological insulator that can work at room temperatures.

New electrode designs based on a highly conductive, two-dimensional transition metal carbide could produce fast-charging batteries.

A novel manganese and sodium-ion-based material could replace lithium-based electrodes in rechargeable batteries.

Converting an organic polymer to carbon via heating offers a novel way to fix catalyst nanoparticles onto electrode surfaces.

Scientists have enhanced the strength and temperature resistance of a transition metal disilicide alloy by adding two new metals.

Carbon nanofiber electrodes coated with a conductive polymer and bacteria can generate electricity while cleaning wastewater.

A new strong, thermally-stable nickel-containing alloy could prove an ideal replacement for silicon in microelectromechanical systems.

A novel membrane made from graphene can filter molecules from aqueous solutions up to 10 times faster than state-of-the-art membranes.

A novel composite material shows promise as a catalyst for the degradation of environmentally-harmful synthetic dye pollutants.

Halide perovskite semiconductors can emit multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500nm.

Scientists have created a novel 2D material in which electrons travel in one direction with one type of spin, which could be useful for spintronics.

An inexpensive material called quinone makes an effective anode for safe, long-lasting batteries that work across a range of temperatures.

A new low-temperature catalyst can produce high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide.

Copper-containing mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles are versatile, multifunctional and can carry active agents to the site of bone damage

A novel nickel oxide compound is an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity.

A new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light could improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of concentrator photovoltaics.

Mimicking useful properties of melanin-like materials.

A novel chemical process can deposit nanomaterials on graphene without changing the properties and arrangement of its carbon atoms.

A new way to create previously 'unrealistic' alloys with thin films could form the basis for next-generation semiconductors.

Tracking and controlling dynamic molecular vibrations.

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