Materials chemistry news, January 2021

Carbon spheres soak up carbon dioxide

carbon spheres, which can be produced easily and greenly, could adsorb carbon dioxide from industrial processes

Pitcher plants create a slippery trap for insects

surface topography of the pitcher plant creates the right conditions for insects to slip into its trap

Synthetic collagen could offer controlled-release drug delivery and tissue engineering

nanometer thin layers of ZnO on SiO2 show record levels of piezoelectricity

Researchers have found that capsaicin, the compound that makes chilli peppers spicy, can enhance the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells.

An anode made from a zinc- and manganese-based alloy opens the door to replacing the solvents commonly used in battery electrolytes with seawater.

Biosensing platform detects Covid-19 antibodies in seconds

Alternative uses for coal shown in single stage process

Inspired by the color-changing skin of octopuses, engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that can change shape and color when exposed to light.

Using machine learning, researchers have been able to complete cumbersome materials science calculations more than 40,000 times faster than normal.

porous iron has great potential as a scaffold for bone repair

An inexpensive catalyst made from tiny clusters of nickel metal anchored to a 2D substrate is highly effective at extracting hydrogen from alcohols.

Biomedical metallic implants improved with 3D printing

polymer NPs can elude the immune system and cross the blood brain barrier

Controlling the interlayer twist angle in 2D materials

Researchers have developed 2D membranes with single atom-sized pores that can be used for liquid and gas filtration.

Self-repairing gelatin-based film that can repair itself multiple times

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