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Metals and alloys news, November 2015

A new material combines the flexibility of polymer gels with the rigid structure of metal-based clusters.

A novel 'flexo-electric' nanomaterial is able to change shape when an electrical voltage is applied or generate electricity when its shape is changed.

A new catalyst made of graphene with metal nanoparticles can promote the organic reactions used in the manufacture of drugs and pesticides.

Adding quantum dots made out of iron pyrite to lithium-ion batteries makes them charge quickly over dozens of cycles.

A novel gel can extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste to form a hybrid nanomaterial.

a novel piezoelectric energy harvester based on composite structure could enable more efficient performance

Scientists have developed a technique to make titanium stronger without sacrificing any of the metal's ductility.

Korean engineers have shown that a specially-designed aluminium surface could help improve the air quality produced by air-conditioning units.

'Crumpling’ to increase the surface area of graphene-gold nanostructures enhances surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

Scientists have discovered a surprising three-dimensional arrangement of electrons in a high-temperature superconductor.

Scientists have developed a flexible metal-organic framework for storing natural gas in car fuel tanks.

Scientists have used microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to solve the structure of lithium- and manganese-rich transition metal oxides.

A novel lithium-oxygen battery has very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient, and can be recharged more than 2000 times.

Alloys made from equal amounts of up to four different metallic elements are very effective at withstanding radiation damage.

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