Materials chemistry news, March 2019

A new dual-polymer hydrogel able to respond dynamically to its environment could find use in a variety of ‘soft robotic’ and biomedical applications.

Researchers have found a layered material made from sodium, tin and arsenic that can act as both an electron-holder and a hole-holder.

‘living glue’ inspired by marine organisms like barnacles and mussels works underwater or in highly damp or humid conditions

A new microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots reduces manufacturing costs and can be tuned on demand to any color.

Researchers have discovered the strongest topological conductor yet, in the form of thin crystal samples with a spiral-staircase structure.

fast-screening of potential non-noble metal two-dimensional catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction

Scientists have identified the causes of degradation in a nickel-rich layered cathode material in lithium-ion batteries, as well as possible remedies.

A metal-organic framework proved better at soaking up the pollutant PFOS from contaminated water when it contained additional nanometer-sized holes.

A novel type of polymer can alter its thermal conductivity by switching between a crystalline state and a liquid state in response to light.

Strength of metallic alloys that improves at cryogenic temperatures

A polymer composite containing graphene and nanoparticles can produce a more stable solid-electrolyte interphase in lithium metal batteries.

Acoustic metamaterial structure blocks 94% of sound

A new nanocrystalline tungsten-tantalum-vanadium-chromium alloy can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without fracturing.

By combining supercomputing with experimental methods, researchers have been able to identify promising materials for dye-sensitized solar cells

Novel simulations show that atom-sized steps on a substrate have the remarkable ability to keep monolayer crystal islands in alignment as they grow.

The energy storage capacity of electrodes made from the 2D material MXene can be doubled by adding an appropriate solvent to the electrolyte.

Researchers have developed a blueprint for understanding and predicting the properties and behavior of nanoparticles containing multiple elements.

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