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Metals and alloys news, December 2017

A novel leaf-shaped catalyst made from molybdenum disulfide could replace expensive platinum catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells.

Scientists have developed a way to integrate transparent conducting metal oxide contacts with 2D semiconductors to produce see-through electronic devices.

Researchers have created tiny electronic ‘graphene tweezers’ that can grab biomolecules and nanoparticles floating in water with incredible efficiency.

Scientists have discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, which could find use as a solid electrolyte in magnesium-ion batteries.

For the first time, scientists have observed ion migration within hybrid perovskite crystals and related that to declines in its light-absorbing ability.

A novel method for synthesizing nanoparticles of europium(II) oxide is allowing scientists to study the properties of this ferromagnetic semiconductor.

Scientists have disentangled the intriguing dynamics of how electron stripes melt and form on quantum materials.

A novel. high-quality magnetoelectric material is allowing scientists to study cross-coupling between electric and magnetic properties.

Researchers have succeeded in growing semiconducting graphene nanoribbons with a regular armchair edge and incorporating them into nanotransistors.

A prototype of a sodium battery with a solid electrolyte is safer and can store more energy than a lithium-ion battery.

New research reveals that when spraying metal coatings, melting hinders rather than helps.

A new, cost-effective catalyst made from nickel, tine and ceria can convert carbon dioxide and methane directly into synthesis gas.

Physicists have tested which films containing different combinations of magnetic nanostructures can generate spin currents most effectively from heat.

A novel epitaxy method that incorporates van der Waals’ forces is able to grow thin films of the semiconductor germanium on mica.

A novel material synthesis method uses a stream of protons to shoot ions from a source material into a host material.

Pre-treatment process controls the chirality of SWNTs by tuning the degree of oxidation of the Co catalyst during growth.

Simple solution could radically broaden the range of metal alloys that can be produced by additive manufacturing.

For the first time, researchers have discovered the existence of a disordered electron spin state, known as a frustrated magnetic state, in a metal.

An updated version of infrared imaging has proved ideal for studying and and optimizing metal-organic frameworks.

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