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Materials chemistry news, October 2022

For the first time, researchers formed a rare-earth complex on a gold surface and then rotated it with a scanning tunneling microscope.

Water splitting on the cheap

Researchers have shown that ruthenium dioxide nanoparticles doped with nickel make a cheap and effective anode catalyst for splitting water.

A novel composite coating made of the 2D material MXene and vanadium in a polymer solution can absorb and disburse electromagnetic radiation.

Water-repellent smart sensor alerts when wearer is drowning

Some materials retain memory of previous stretching

Using light and a catalyst, researchers have been able to produce a soft and stretchy version and a hard and rigid version of the same polymer.

Loop currents could explain how a quantum material is able to switch from an insulator to a conductor when exposed to a magnetic field.

A new class of carbide materials is capable of producing tunable plasmonic properties while withstanding incredibly high temperatures.

Researchers have developed a shape-memory material made of ceramic rather than metal, which can operate at much higher temperatures.

A breakthrough catalytic process can transform the most widely produced plastic into the second-most widely produced plastic.

Researchers have created a new formula for the world's whitest paint based on hexagonal boron nitride, making it thinner and lighter.

Researchers have created a new way to self-assemble materials, by using sticky DNA strands to fold up chains of oil droplets.

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind, plant-inspired extrusion process for growing synthetic material for soft robots.

Researchers have developed a silk-based material that can repel both water and almost anything that contains water.

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