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Materials chemistry news, May 2020

Researchers have developed a supercapacitor made from a polymer composite that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates.

A 2D sandwich of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium can greatly boost the sensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

A novel heat treatment with an organic group can enhance the stability of tin halide perovskite solar cells by preventing tin oxidation.

A novel polymer compound embedded with bismuth trioxide particles holds tremendous promise as a lightweight radiation shielding material.

Tandem structure improves efficiency of solar cells

By soaking up water from the air at night and then releasing it during the day, a novel polymer gel can reduce solar panel temperatures by 10°C.

New class of materials based on liquid metal lattices

Improving our understanding of the surface of a semiconductor compound

biocompatible polymer scaffolds coated with carbon nanotubes could provide a vital foothold for regrowing cells

Chemists have developed novel metal-organic frameworks that can remove toxic hexavalent chromium from water and convert it to a non-toxic form.

By tweaking their chemical makeup and fabrication, researchers have produced perovskite solar cells that are better at withstanding high temperatures.

By taking advantage of bottle-brush polymers, researchers have discovered a way to grow hollow crystal spheres, and pause this growth to leave holes.

By combining silicon nanoparticles with carbon nanotubes, researchers have created yarn-like microspheres for use as battery electrodes.

Researchers have found a way to make halide perovskites more stable by adding a bulky molecule to their surface to inhibit ion movement.

Using a catalyst solution and a ‘twin-screw’ extrusion process, researchers have developed a new method for upcycling polyurethane foams.

A novel method for mixing metals generally known to be immiscible at the nanoscale can create a new range of bimetallic nanoparticles.

Novel ion-driven transistors and mixed-conducting particulate material could form the foundation for fully implantable bioelectronic devices.

Researchers have developed a lead-free perovskite for use in solar cells that could be a safer and more stable than lead-based perovskites.

The award is to honor a young researcher active in the fields of Nanofabrication and Nanotechnology for Electronics, MEMS and Life Sciences.

Researchers have used electrostatic charge to get colloidal particles to self-assemble into crystalline materials that mimic salt and opals.

Cold-chain safety sticker creates an image when exposed to room temperature

Researchers have developed a liposome-like nanoparticle called a sterosome that could help improve treatment for bone defects.

Tin-based perovskites show promise for photovoltaic devices

A novel electrolyte that forms a protective layer over the silicon nanoparticles that make up a battery anode gives the silicon room to swell.

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