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Materials chemistry news, May 2018

Doping a crystal with a small amount of a different element offers a way to alter the speed and frequencies of natural vibrations known as phonons.

Chemists have found a way to functionalize boron nitride nanotubes using a chemical process known as the Billups-Birch reaction.

Scientists have produced nanostructured artificial fibers that mimic the impressive optical properties of fibers produced by the Madagascar comet moth.

A glass-polymer composite known as glassomer can be milled, laser-machined or processed in CNC machines just like a conventional polymer.

Stretching woven fabrics to make them stronger.

A combination of experiment and computation helped to create a 2D protein crystal that toggles between states of varying porosity and density.

A novel magnetic material with a unique honeycomb structure could help produce electronic components that utilize less energy and produce less heat.

Adding salt to a metal-organic framework and then baking it at a high temperature can produce an intricate carbon-based structure.

A novel method for producing disperse carbon nanotubes at high concentrations can create a gel, paste and kneadable dough.

Nanomaterials with electrical connections triggered by biochemical signals.

Flexible, sustainable and non-toxic composite material from wood and marine invertebrate.

Combining nanodiamonds with 2D molybdenum disulfide layers creates onion-like carbon that can act as a dry lubricant.

Combination of sulfolane and a metal salt makes a stable electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries that overcomes shortcomings of conventional electrolytes.

A new curing process takes advantage of the chemical bonds in a polymer resin to send a cascading hardening wave through the polymer.

The Acta Journals are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Reviewer awards for excellence in reviewing in 2017.

New sensing strategy enables biological targets to be tracked and imaged in vitro and in vivo with high spatial and temporal accuracy.

New soft, smart glucose detectors can by monitor glucose levels directly and in real-time in tears and sweat.

A new designer's toolkit can build various levels of complexity into nanoparticles using a simple, mix-and-match process.

Researchers have fabricated silicon microparticles of various shapes and sizes that can reversibly assemble and disassemble in water.

A novel method of computational analysis can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet-unmade high-entropy alloys.

Scientists have developed nanomaterials that can self-assemble, reconfigure and disassemble in response to biochemical signals.

A new process uses mathematical algorithms to design advanced materials by reducing complexity and taking advantage of machine learning.

A new algorithm for predicting exotic materials helped to reduce the time needed to develop a thermoelectric material from 15 years to 15 months.

By enforcing a phenomenon called ‘magnetic frustration’, a new osmium-based material could house a quantum spin liquid for use in quantum computing.

A new transmission electron microscope system is able to take dynamic, multi-frame videos of nanomaterials as they form.

Salt aids the creation of 2D materials by lowering the energetic barrier that otherwise prevents the component molecules from reacting with each other.

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