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Mechanical properties news, February 2019

Perspectives on the materials research landscape

Two new reports, now available for download.

Scientists strain to produce better catalytic nanosheets

Scientists have shown that applying strain to thin metal sheets can increase their catalytic ability by 10 to 20 times.

An anode made from a combination of silicon and the 2D material MXene could extend the life of lithium-ion batteries by as much as five times.

Getting more fiber with polymer-coated metal core

Getting more fiber with polymer-coated metal core

For the first time, researchers have used block copolymers to produce carbon fibers with uniformly sized and spaced pores for energy storage.

Combining porous carbon fibers with manganese oxide produces a supercapacitor with high energy density and high charge-discharge rates.

Tiny differences surface roughness can cause changes in how two surfaces adhere to each other

A novel ceramic aerogel is very light and flexible, and can withstand exposure to extreme heat and repeated temperature spikes.

Infusing graphene foam with materials such as plastic, rubber and cement produces tough composites with a wide range of possible applications.

A novel neural network algorithm can determine the appropriate amount and direction of strain required to confer specific properties on a material.

photothermal two-component shape memory polymer responds to enzymatic biological activity

antimony-doped tin oxide nanoparticles improve environmental durability and heat retaining properties of transparent wood

Researchers have uncovered the mechanisms that lead to improved performance when alkali metal is added to traditional perovskites.

Combining graphene and white graphene in a ceramic should produce a material that alters its conductivity when subject to different types of strain.

By incorporating carbon nanotube-based electrodes between multiple layers of elastomer, researchers have produced a novel shape-shifting material.

Researchers have shown that adding carbon nanotubes to a rubbery polymer semiconductor can increase its carrier mobility.

Surface roughness can cause materials to exert different amounts of force on each other depending on if they're being pushed together or pulled apart.

A nanomechanical device equipped in SEM was creatively designed to achieve quantitative in-situ tensile test of individual SnO2 NWs.

Researchers have developed a new oil-based coating for metal that self-heals within seconds when scratched, scraped or cracked.

Scientists have developed a polymerization process that uses enzymes to convert furans into a green alternative to polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Researchers have used 2D materials to create the first fully flexible, battery-free ‘rectenna’ for converting energy from Wi-Fi signals into electricity.

Researchers have created a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores, termed metallic wood, that is as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter.

Researchers have turned graphene oxide into a soft, moldable play dough that can be shaped and reshaped into free-standing 3D structures.

Researchers have developed a way to incorporate high-k dielectrics into assemblies of 2D materials known as heterostructures.

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