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Metals and alloys news, May 2017

Extraordinary properties of the semiconductor strontium niobate could potentially lead to novel electronic devices and photocatalytic materials.

A newly-developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length.

Surprising discoveries about the normal metallic state of a ruthenate superconductor could reveal novel information about its superconducting state.

Scientists have expanded the range of functional temperatures for ferroelectrics by creating the first-ever polarization gradient in a thin film.

Oxide materials that expand and contract in response to applied electric charge could produce actuators that work in extremely hot environments.

A new nano-scale thin film material not only boasts high conductivity but also has a wide bandgap, making it optically transparent.

By heating ethene in stages on a rhodium catalyst substrate, scientists have managed to convert it to layers of graphene.

Scientists have developed a fast, non-destructive optical method for analyzing defects in 2D materials

Using non-ionic polymer nanoparticles that shine different colors depending on their size, scientists have developed a coating process for coloring metals.

Two new discoveries provide a way to ‘stencil’ 2D materials in precise locations and overcome a barrier to their use in next-generation electronics.

Scientists have succeeded in making the first chiral molecular sieves for distinguishing left- and right-handed versions of molecules.

Incorporating atomically-thin layers of water into tungsten oxide allows it to store and deliver energy much more quickly and efficiently.

Using an electron beam, scientists have patterned thin polymer films with individual features as small as 1nm separated by just 11nm.

A new spectral technique using terahertz waves can detect the early stages of corrosion on steel rebars directly through concrete.

A novel artificial solid-electrolyte interphase made from an ionic polymer can help prevent capacity fade in lithium-oxygen batteries.

Using a novel analytical method, scientists have discovered that a 2D crystal of chromium germanium telluride possesses intrinsic ferromagnetism.

There will be four awards of $2,000 each for Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia.

A new screening process offers a quick and easy way to identify novel OLED materials with superior luminescence and charge-transport properties.

A new model can account for irregularities in how atoms in materials such as metals arrange themselves at so-called ‘grain boundaries’.

Scientists have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal, which could lead to advances in spintronics and quantum computing.

A low-cost chemical process can transform waste glass bottles into nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

Scientists have used graphene to transfer intricate crystalline patterns from an underlying semiconductor wafer to a top layer of identical material.

Applying a coating of methyl viologen to lithium metal anodes can stabilize battery performance and eliminate dendrite growth.

Scientists have successfully synthesized two new magnetic materials predicted by high-throughput computational models.

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