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Materials chemistry news, July 2018

Shock of the new neodymium-doped alumina crystals

By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers have developed a new laser material that can emit ultra-short, high-power pulses.

Green light for polymer material that can change from hard to soft and back again

A novel polymer material can change its structure in response to light, converting from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself.

For the first time, chemical engineers have developed a large-area graphene membrane that can separate gas mixtures with a high-efficiency.

Unlike with graphene, the boundaries between different structural phases of borophene, a 2D form of boron, retain the material's metallic nature.

By stabilizing aggressive electrodes with a highly-fluorinated electrolyte, researchers have been able to increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries.

Nanoclusters made from boron and lanthanide elements form highly stable and symmetric structures with interesting magnetic properties.

Longer-lasting human skin equivalent alternative based on silk-collagen composite.

Researchers have developed a way to fabricate soft, porous materials via the self-assembly of metal-organic polyhedra made of rhodium atoms.

Biogenic solar cells that work effectively on cloudy days

Custom-built parylene deposition system for a field-effect transistor.

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Researchers have been able to store and transmit bits of quantum information using a diamond containing specially-designed silicon vacancies.

By mixing and matching different materials, researchers have created a window coating that can prevent excessive heating and generate electricity.

Researchers have succeeded in producing crystals of a semiconducting material called boron arsenide with an extremely high thermal conductivity.

Altering the composition of a layered halide material allows researchers to vary its magnetization continuously between in-plane and out-of-plane.

Researchers have used a novel cold sintering process to produce, for the first time, a composite made from a ceramic and the 2D material MXene.

Using a novel coating process, scientists have been able to develop a highly effective water-repellent coating based on a short-chain polymer.

Elsevier's extended Materials Today family also delivered very strong results.

By infusing a magnetic fluid in a micro-structured solid substrate, researchers have created a dynamic surface with reconfigurable topography.

A new porous carbon material designed at the molecular level shows great potential for use as the anode in lithium-ion batteries.

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