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Materials chemistry news, February 2018

Novel smart material stiffens up when stressed

A novel material made of liquid-metal particles embedded in a rubbery elastomer can stiffen by up to 300% when subjected to mechanical stress.

Sapphire substrate controls crystal growth over large areas

A novel multistep process can fabricate single crystal, atomically thin films of tungsten diselenide across large-area sapphire substrates.

Scientists have found a new state of magnetism that may help them understand the link between magnetism and unconventional superconductivity.

Scientists have written patterns in laser-induced graphene on food and other materials, offering a new way to produce conductive identification tags.

By binding metal ions to organic molecules, scientists have developed a novel 3D printing technique for fabricating complex nanoscale metal structures.

Molecules that cling to mitochondria may offer a new approach to treatment and diagnosis of cancer.

A thin film made from iron, cobalt and manganese may have a magnetization density that is 50% greater than a previously considered maximum limit.

Researchers have come up with a new titanium-based material for making lead-free, inorganic perovskite solar cells.

Treating wood to make it a lightweight, high-performance material.

Cheaper and more environmentally friendly solar cells with new perovskite material.

Tandem-repeat synthetic proteins work as proton conductors.

Researchers have employed the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive, semiconducting quantum dots as a catalyst.

A team of chemists has developed a new method for synthesizing nanographenes by zipping up partially fused benzene molecules.

A novel metal-organic framework able to adsorb twice its weight in water could control humidity in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way.

By fabricating an ultrathin material known as a thin film structure, scientists have been able to observe a two-dimensional hole gas for the first time.

A lithium-ion battery shaped like the human spine shows remarkable flexibility, high energy density and stable voltage while being flexed or twisted.

Computer models show that the right mix of hydrogen bonds is critical for producing polymer and cement composites that are strong, tough and ductile.

Scientists have uncovered gas separation abilities in a 2D material called MXene, which could be incorporated into membranes for purifying hydrogen.

Andrea Cavalleri and Keith A. Nelson winners of 2018 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

Researchers have identified a mechanism that triggers shape-memory phenomena in the organic crystals used in plastic electronics.

Scientists have synthesized a novel form of titanium nitride, called titanic nitride, which has promising mechanical and optoelectronic properties.

Scientists have developed a new process for encouraging molecules to form complex tiling patterns known as tessellations through self-organization.

A novel inorganic halide perovskite can act as a solar cell material and be reversibly switched between a transparent state and a non-transparent state.

Scientists have greatly reduced the fragility of molten-electrode batteries by replacing the usual ceramic membrane with a metal mesh membrane.

A tiny tube made of protein-like molecules called peptoids that rolls up and zips closed could be used for various applications including water filtration.

By combining two different types of silicone, researchers have been able to produce silicone parts with complex geometries by 3D printing.

Inks based on graphene and other two-dimensional materials enable the printing of washable and biocompatible electronics on cotton and polyester textiles.

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