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Mechanical properties news, August 2018

Scientists take control of line defects in bilayer graphene

Using video game controllers with electron microscopy, researchers have developed a way to move line defects around in bilayer graphene.

Large proteins produce synthetic spider silk just like natural version

Researchers have produced a biosynthetic spider silk that is the first to replicate the strength and toughness of natural spider silk.

A novel platinum-gold alloy, 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, is believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world.

Researchers can fine-tune the electronic, mechanical and optical properties of 2D heterostructures by varying the angle between the crystals in real time.

Multi-material smart material prototype based on seed coat of some plants.

Advanced synchrotron small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering reveals how dental caries evolve and the changes in structure of enamel at the nanoscale.

Scientists have designed auxetic materials with smooth curves for distributing forces that can deform repeatedly.

The puzzle-like wavy structure of the seed coat found in some grasses could hold the secret to creating smart materials that are both flexible and strong.

Fire-resistant wallpaper based on inorganic nanowires and graphene oxide (GO) thermal sensors sounds an alarm in the event of fire.

By mixing nanocrystals with polymers and ligands, scientists have found a way to switch between a liquid-like state and a solid-like state.

Researchers have developed a way to embed high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers, which can then be woven into fabrics.

Researchers have found that ‘rebar graphene’, in which graphene is reinforced with carbon nanotubes, is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene.

Researchers have created self-folding 3D structures by attaching paperboard sheets with specific patterns to a polymer substrate.

Could carbon nanotubes give us stronger Kevlar bullet-proof vests?

A new method allows optical fibers to identify the material they are in contact with by using a light beam within the fiber to generate a sound wave.

Researchers have developed magnetic elastomeric composites that move in different ways when exposed to light, such as bending, twisting and expanding.

A new material derived from crab shells and tree fibers has the potential to replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.

Researchers have developed a new way for modeling to the atomic level how metallic glasses behave as they fracture.

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