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Metals and alloys news, December 2015

A new process that uses vapor, rather than liquid, to grow metal-organic frameworks could lead to a new breed of powerful electronic devices.

A new mixed oxide catalyst made from zinc and zirconium can convert bio-based ethanol to isobutene in one easy step.

Understanding creep in semiconductors compared with metals

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For the first time, researchers have investigated how much electrical charge nanoparticles transfer to their support.

In their search for materials that can withstand supercritical ammonia, scientists tested 35 metals, two metalloids and 17 ceramic materials.

By developing a way to line up three gold nanoparticles of increasing size, scientists have developed a nanolens for focusing light.

A new anti-reflection coating made up of metal nanopillars lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity in optoelectronic devices.

Scientists have have produced highly durable and active platinum-iron nanoparticles with a carbon shell for use as fuel cell catalysts.

Metal powders could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than hydrogen, biofuels or batteries.

A new germanium nanofilm not only shimmers like an opal but is hard as a crystal, exceptionally thin and highly porous.

A newly-developed polymer can minimize energy loss when converting sunlight to electricity in a solar cell.

Nanoscale octopods made of gold and palladium can do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors.

Scientists have discovered that doping tin selenide with sodium boosts its performance as a thermoelectric material.

Scientists have produced a new kind of gold foam that is lighter than water and almost as light as air.

Scientists have developed novel catalysts made from self-assembled porous silica material containing finely-positioned metal nanoparticles.

Scientists have used scanning transmission electron microscopy to track atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts.

A novel ‘water-in-salt’ aqueous lithium-ion battery is able to produce double the voltage of other aqueous batteries.

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