Materials chemistry news, October 2018

A polymer gel that incorporates chloroplasts from plants can react with carbon dioxide in the air to grow, strengthen and even repair itself.

Can a simple coating stop ice sticking to concrete?

Semiconductor made from organic and inorganic materials can convert electricity into light efficiently.

Making a silicon solar cell with a maximum quantum efficiency of double the normal limit

The strength of a particular chemical bond in cuprates influences the temperature at which they achieve superconductivity.

By creating nanoporous graphene and then covering it with a polymer layer, engineers have fabricated an atomically thin membrane.

Using a supercomputer, scientists have managed to predict the electrical and optical properties of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites.

simple method produces centimeter-sized single crystals of organolead halide perovskites

Researchers have combined experiment and theory to elucidate the electronic structure and optical behavior of novel gold and silver alloys.

graphdiyne film filters lithium ions and prevents dendrite growth in lithium-metal batteries

Researchers have come up with a novel molecular approach for improving the piezoelectric properties of organic polymers.

Different materials surfaces can regulate the immune system response to an implantable material.

Researchers have demonstrated that silica-rich waste can be used to remove charged species of radioactive Uranium from nuclear fission waste streams.

Smart nanoparticles provide a new technology for targeted drug delivery by distinguishing the intrinsic characteristics between cancer and normal tissues.

Designing a hydrogel for blood vessel formation.

A novel passive daytime radiative cooling polymer coating with nano-to-microscale air voids can act as a spontaneous air cooler on buildings.

Silicon-based safety switch for lithium-ion batteries prevents catastrophic failure.

hybrid material based on transition metal selenide could be a nonprecious metal alternative electrocatalyst for hydrogen generation

Researchers have used an atom hybridization method to synthesize multimetallic clusters consisting of more than five metal elements.

Composite contains polymer component to protect metal hydride filler from exposure to air and moisture for stable hydrogen storage.

New insertion reaction anode material produced via combustion synthesis could boost sodium-ion batteries.

A nano-filter made from sheets that naturally grow on liquid metal can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology.

Non-precious metal Fe-N doped carbon electrocatalyst for ORR could make fuel cells more economically viable and sustainable.

manganese selenide nanocubes are promising anode materials for sodium-ion batteries

Acid-resistant CNT-supported iridium-oxide catalyst for oxygen evolution and reduction reactions.

A novel, zero-dimensional photoluminescent material is cheap to fabricate, does not use toxic starting materials and is very stable.

Self-healing, injectable, multifunctional wound dressing based on a micelle-hydrogel composite is flexible and comfortable enough for joint injuries.

Researchers have shown that complex macroscale superstructures can be assembled from building blocks comprising pyramid-shaped quantum dots.

Treating two-dimensional boron nitride with a superacid helps it to bind with other materials, including nanoparticles and graphene.

Synthesis of a new 2D nano material with electrical and magnetic properties.

Piezoelectric components can now be directly integrated onto silicon chips.

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