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Metals and alloys news, September 2015

Scientists have used imperfections running through liquid crystals as a template for the synthesis of novel materials.

A novel microscopy technique for determining the 3D position of individual atoms can identify point defects in a material.

By studying metallic glasses, scientists have revealed that the atoms in glass form a fractal pattern at small scales.

A new stretchable, transparent conductor can be stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue.

A new ultra-thin invisibility ‘skin’ cloak can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light.

A team of physicists has induced stable ferroelectricity in a sheet of strontium titanate only a few nanometers thick.

A new study of the catalytic behavior of platinum nanoparticles has revealed the importance of the iron oxide they sit on.

Scientists have developed a unique model for the fast and accurate prediction of novel metal alloy materials for catalysis.

A new model can predict for the first time which combinations of metals will best form metallic glass.

A new catalyst could help fuel-efficient automobile engines to run more cleanly and efficiently.

Simple, new technique creates tiny hollow cages of Pt with walls just a few atoms thick that could be used in catalysis.

Individual nanoparticles in solution can be resolved in 3D by combining developments in electron microscopy, biology, and computation.

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Scientists have announced the first observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor.

A novel catalyst made from cheap, abundant materials is almost as effective as platinum at splitting water to produce hydrogen.

Growing magnetic layers on a 2D crystal can provide highly local control over the preferred direction of the magnetism.

A new 'electron camera' shows how individual atoms move to form wrinkles in a single layer of molecules.

A novel material is able to split water by using gold nanoparticles to produce hot electrons.

A new way to study nanoparticles one at a time has revealed that seemingly identical particles can have very different properties.

A newly developed polymer material can emit light of different colors in response to a wide variety of external conditions.

Theoretical calculations suggest that the properties of atom-thick sheets of boron depend on where those atoms are deposited.

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