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Metals and alloys news, November 2017

Composite materials built from monolayers of graphene and a transition metal dichalcogenide can achieve fine electrical control over the spin of electrons.

Scientists report major progress in developing a new type of lithium-ion battery that utilizes cathodes made with so-called ‘disordered’ materials.

Nanoscale patterns in metals known as nanotwins can stabilize defects associated with repetitive strain and limit the build-up of fatigue-related damage.

Researchers have developed a new technique for creating novel nanoporous materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic and catalytic properties.

A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies.

Cathodes for lithium-ion batteries that contain point defects allow more efficient exchange of lithium ions between the cathode and electrolyte.

Scientists have used cryo-electron microscopy to capture the first atomic-level images of the crystalline dendrites that can grow in batteries.

Scientists have discovered that, contrary to expectations, a material's crystal grains can sometimes slide along a coherent twin boundary.

A marriage between 3D printer plastic and metal-organic frameworks could lead to inexpensive sensors and fuel cell batteries.

Researchers have created a honeycomb material capable of frustrating the magnetic properties within it to produce a ‘quantum spin liquid’.

Treating a perovoskite catalyst with heat or chemicals causes different atoms to segregate on the surface and catalyse different reactions.

For the first time, researchers have developed a way to create atomically thin metal oxide layers that don't exist naturally.

Scientists have determined what kind of carbon nanotubes produce the best fibers and developed a novel method for purifying them.

Lateral heterojunctions between 2D semiconducting monolayers produce more efficient solar cells than vertical stacks.

A new microscopy method can measure the behavior and properties of electrons flowing across the surface of topological insulators.

Novel nanocomposite harnesses water flow and sunlight to break up organic pollutants.

Doping 2D materials with other elements can not only alter their mechanical and electrical properties, but can also make them magnetic.

Researchers have found a way to reversibly change the atomic structure of a two-dimensional material by injecting electrons.

A self-formed, flexible, hybrid solid-electrolyte interphase layer solves many of the problems that currently bedevil lithium-sulfur batteries.

3D nanoelectronic system made up of stacked layers of carbon nanotube transistors and random-access memory cells could improve computational devices.

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