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Materials chemistry news, March 2018

Chemists have found a sodium-based material that offers a cheap and non-toxic alternative to lead-containing perovskites for use in solar cells.

Evolution under wind yields continuous single crystal graphene films

“Self-selection” method for growing large single-crystal-like graphene films.

Energy efficient windows through solution-based deposition.

Sewing patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to produce atomically thin fabrics.

Theory has guided the development of a new piezeoelectric material with twice the piezo response of any existing commercial ferroelectric ceramics.

A new chemical vapor deposition method can produce single-crystal-like graphene films by supplying hydrocarbon molecules to the edge of the growing film.

Find out about the winners of this year's Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

By exfoliating a liquid droplet of gallium, scientists have managed to create 2D gallenene, which shows promise for use in nanoscale electronics.

A new glass made from zinc and organic compounds has a better glass-forming ability than conventional silica-based glass.

Scientists have created a new method for doping germanium with desired foreign atoms, creating new materials with significantly altered properties.

By inserting positively charged ammonium molecules between the layers, scientists have developed a novel way to make superlattices of 2D materials.

A new technique can ‘sew’ two patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to create atomically-thin fabrics for use in electronic devices.

Replacing single-use plastics with recyclable bio-plastics will stop the planet from drowning in waste.

Adding a small molecule to act as an electron donor and enhance the absorption of the active layer can improve the efficiency of an organic solar cell.

Lab experiments retracing the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space could offer new ways to produce graphene.

Adding nickel nanoparticles to a liquid gallium alloy turns it into a paste with a consistency suitable for additive manufacturing.

Advances in liquid 3D printing technology could make biodegradable scaffolds for use in medical stents and grafts.

Researchers have developed a new method for chemically bonding multiple soft materials independent of the manufacturing process.

Understanding why a 2D material grown on a sapphire substrate had worse properties than predicted has allowed scientists to improve those properties.

Using advanced computational methods, scientists have discovered new materials that could enhance the efficiency and lifetime of solid oxide fuel cells.

Using 'molecular anvils' made from tiny diamond particles, scientists have conducted the first chemical reactions triggered by mechanical pressure alone.

Researchers used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy to make.

Hybrid electrode material enables fast ion conduction through continuous ceramic fibers, flexibility, and ability to use polymer roll-to-roll processing.

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