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Materials chemistry news, November 2018

By using multicomponent intermetallic nanoparticles, scientists have developed new high-strength alloys that are both strong and flexible.

A new class of carbides containing five different metallic elements are predicted to be among the hardest materials with the highest melting points.

A novel hydrogel that naturally adheres to soft tissue like cartilage and the meniscus can withstand mechanical stresses and extensive deformation.

Using a specific combination of heating and cooling, researchers have created superalloys that are much more resistant to heat-related failures.

Could a new exfoliation method offer a practical route to large-scale production of nanosheets?

By combining epoxy with graphene foam, scientists have produced a stiff, conductive composite material for electronic applications.

Find out the recipients of the 2018 Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award.

Bacteria and graphene nanoribbons help generate electricity on a mushroom

By incorporating a network of elastic additives, chemical engineers have increased the flexibility of a conventional organic photovoltaic material.

Hydrogen ions controlled by an electric voltage can be used to change the magnetic properties of a magnetic layer in a spintronics device.

New liquid-gated membrane filtration system improves wastewater processing

A new charge-storing system made from porous conducting polymer films on densely-twisted yarns can be easily integrated into clothing.

Using a phase-change material, engineers have developed a novel film for the windows in buildings that can reject 70% of the sun's incoming heat.

A new electron microscopy technique can reveal how nanomaterials change in response to illumination with different wavelengths of light.

Scientists have used a process called ball-milling to help create 3D heterostructures from various 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.

Researchers have found that the 2D material known as MXene could be a good candidate for removing urea from blood in portable dialysis devices.

A new metal-organic framework can simultaneously produce hydrogen and clean pollutants from water when irradiated with visible light.

A novel technique can produce films made from carbon nanotubes and a 2D material called MXene that can block electromagnetic interference.

By adding carbon and nitrogen to manganese, researchers have developed a fuel cell catalyst that is just as effective as platinum but much cheaper.

Scientists have combined silk proteins with carbon nanotubes to produce a composite material for use in flexible electronics and biomedical devices.

A MOF modified with an iron peroxide compound can separate ethylene from ethane while consuming far less energy than existing techniques.

A new machine learning algorithm predicted the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in order to find efficient phosphors for LED lighting.

Researchers have used a mussel-inspired polymer to produce graphene-based liquid crystalline fibers with impressive mechanical and electrical properties.

Scientists have identified a new class of topological materials made by inserting transition metal atoms into the atomic lattice of niobium disulfide.

A novel ceramic-metal composite that can handle high heat and pressure makes an effective material for producing solar power heat exchangers.

Nanoparticles comprising a platinum outer shell that surrounds alternating layers of platinum and cobalt atoms make effective fuel cell catalysts.

Researchers have shown that a freestanding porous titanium monoxide nanofiber mat makes an effective cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries.

From January 2019 Materials and Design will become an open access journal.

Efficient spintronic interface improves quantum IT

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