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Metals and alloys news, August 2017

Computational modelling with a supercomputer has revealed how different solidification speeds alter the microstructure of a novel alloy.

Detailed tests have helped to reveal why one promising material added to the electrolyte of lithium-air batteries doesn't work as well as expected.

Scientists have used machine learning to gain insight into the physical structures associated with specific properties of metals and alloys.

Scientists have simultaneously designed an optimal material for light management in solar cells and fabricated the nanostructured surfaces.

A new material made from the biomolecule chitin and a copper metal-organic framework can inhibit the formation of bacterial biofilms.

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity.

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Scientists have made the first observation of nanocrystals rapidly forming superlattices while they are themselves still growing.

Scientists have predicted and created new 2D electrocatalysts able to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost.

Using chemical coatings that react with light, scientists have developed a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials.

A novel light-activated material can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted by-products.

The granules in copper can never fit together perfectly and so are forced to rotate, causing an unexpected level of surface roughness.

The symmetry-breaking flow of electrons through cuprate superconductors may be linked to their ability to work at comparatively high temperatures.

Monolayer 2D transition metal dichalcogenides undergo a phase change from semiconductor to metallic when exposed to airborne chemicals.

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Scientists have used a molecular pulley binder to create high-capacity silicon anodes for use in lithium-ion batteries.

Studies of the connection between viscosity and atomic interactions have revealed that glass transition starts at higher temperatures than thought.

Reducing oxygen in some nanocrystalline alloys may improve their strength and durability at elevated temperatures.

By taking advantage of strontium copper borate, scientists have shown experimentally a quantum phase transition for the first time.

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