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Materials chemistry news, January 2018

Plant-inspired ‘nanowrinkles’ too slippery for marine bacteria

Inspired by the pitcher plant, scientists have shown that a surface coating of 'nanowrinkles' on polymers can prevent biofouling by marine bacteria.

Novel hydrogel offers logical approach to drug delivery

Operating according to simple mathematical logic statements, a novel hydrogel will only release its drug cargo in response to specific physiological cues.

Twisting films of carbon nanotubes produces short lengths of strong, conductive fibers in about an hour, making this process much faster than spinning.

Cleaning nanotubes through heat and ion bombardment.

Using carbon nanotubes and modified graphene nano ribbons in fuel cells.

A nanostructure made from a fluoropolymer and metal oxide materials allows thin-film transistors to operate with unprecedented stability.

Photocatalyst based on titanium dioxide can turn carbon dioxide into usable fuel and reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

New technique offers strong and resilient ultrafine polymer fibers with a range of applications.

Scientists have developed a water-absorbing metal-organic framework that can suck up to twice its weight in atmospheric moisture.

Researchers have found a way to produce a two-dimensional electron gas between insulating oxides on the semiconductor gallium arsenide.

A crystal with an exterior case surrounding a rotating axis is the first proof that a single material can be both static and moving, or amphidynamic.

A novel process called gel electrospinning can produce ultrafine polymer fibers that are exceptionally strong and tough.

Asymmetrical polymer particles imprinted with DNA are able to bind together in a spatially defined manner for use in biomedicine and 'soft robotics'.

A method for encapsulating metals such as dysprosium and copper in a single layer of graphene could produce materials with novel properties.

Lithium-ion batteries designed to be safer in an accident.

Read our latest series and find out about materials science researchers in New Zealand and Australia.

Comparing the results reported in thousands of papers about the properties of MOFs revealed that replicability could be a problem in material science.

Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon produces a material that can adsorb more than two times its weight of carbon dioxide.

Researchers have found a simple way to deposit magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles onto silica-coated gold nanorods for biomedical applications.

Improved DNA detection using nanopore sensors.

Two-step thermal reduction process boosts conductivity and mobility of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), opening up new potential applications.

Solar power device like a double-glazed window offers new approach.

A new method based on vaporizing a frozen solution with a laser can create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be impossible to make.

Batteries powered by sweat made completely from fabric

Adding a tiny amount of boron to a carbon-containing plasma can alter the grain size and electrical properties of the diamond film produced by the plasma.

Scientists have developed a new method for produce semiconducting graphene nanoribbons by heating a specially-prepared polymer.

Scientists have determined the mechanisms that cause tiny wires of molybdenum disulfide to extend into tungsten diselenide at their interface.

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