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Metals and alloys news, August 2015

A novel form of graphene with embedded metallic nanoparticles makes a useful fuel cell catalyst.

A team of judges have completed the evaluation of nominees for the 2014 Acta Student Awards.

Using high-pressure conditions, scientists have induced colossal magnetoresistance in a pure sample of lanthanum manganite.

Scientists have developed a new energy-efficient catalyst for converting carbon dioxide directly into the liquid fuel methanol.

The study and development of atomically thin coatings will be the focus of a new, one-of-a-kind university/industry center.

A lawn-like coating of tiny grass-like platinum wires could improve electronic devices used to communicate with the brain.

Magnetic nanoparticles encased in oily liquid shells spontaneously form chains on exposure to a magnetic field.

An iron-telluride material can develop superconductivity with no long-range electronic or magnetic order when ‘doped’ with sulfur.

An unusual amorphous metal alloy known as a bulk metallic glass could increase the longevity of stents, which are used to to open up blocked arteries.

Nanoparticles with a solid shell and a ‘yolk’ inside that can change size make a good anode for rechargeable batteries.

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that aren’t naturally magnetic.

Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a modulator that is a hundred times smaller than conventional models.

Patterning metallic biomedical dental and hip implants with tiny grooves could improve biocompatibility with the body and reduce adverse reactions.

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