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Materials chemistry news, March 2023

A novel electrolyte containing inexpensive chloride salts can raise the Coulombic efficiency of zinc batteries to nearly 100%.

New method for growing flowery MXenes

By taking advantage of ‘atom economy’, researchers have developed a faster, more efficient method for producing the 2D materials known as MXenes.

Using ceramic materials, researchers have developed an oxygen-ion battery that is longer lasting than lithium-ion batteries.

marine planktonic organism, Acantharia, has a star-shaped endoskeleton of 20 spicules in a unique geometric pattern

Synthesizing perovskites more effectively

energy efficient process uses bacteria to produce bone-like porous CaCO3-based composites

Scalable, automatable process for energy-efficient building materials

Researchers have developed a stronger, greener form of concerete made from extra-terrestrial dust, potato starch and a pinch of salt.

Researchers have developed a new method for structurally splitting, editing and reconstituting specific layered nanomaterials.

Understanding the complexities of complex materials

Using the technology behind predictive text, researchers have developed an AI model that can predict the properties of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

Researchers have developed a versatile technique for manufacturing soft polymer materials in a dozen different structures.

Using computational screening, researchers have discovered more than a dozen 2D semiconductor materials with high carrier mobility.

A novel superconducting hydride material operates at a temperature and pressure low enough for practical applications.

Two new complex oxides could help usher in more energy-efficient computer chips and devices that combine memory and logic.

Researchers have developed novel spin qubits by trapping electrons in chemically modified carbon nanotubes.

An anitoxidant layer can enhance the stability of semi-transparent organic solar cells, allowing them to used as a roof material in greenhouses.

Researchers have created a new type of quantum material whose atomic scaffolding has been dramatically warped into a herringbone pattern.

Researchers have developed a novel ceramic polymer material for use as a solid electrolyte in a lithium-air battery.

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