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Metals and alloys news, May 2018

Doping a crystal with a small amount of a different element offers a way to alter the speed and frequencies of natural vibrations known as phonons.

Compressing layers of boron nitride and graphene can enhance graphene's band gap, bringing it one step closer to becoming a viable semiconductor.

A novel magnetic material with a unique honeycomb structure could help produce electronic components that utilize less energy and produce less heat.

Scientists have discovered that certain oxide support materials can help prevent the carbon monoxide poisoning that can deactivate exhaust gas catalysts.

Adding salt to a metal-organic framework and then baking it at a high temperature can produce an intricate carbon-based structure.

A novel iron-based alloy has promising magnetic properties for spintronics applications, provided it’s created in layers less than 200nm thick.

A six-atom thick bilayer of tungsten diselenide exhibited a 100-fold increase in photoluminescence when subjected to strain.

Combination of sulfolane and a metal salt makes a stable electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries that overcomes shortcomings of conventional electrolytes.

Scientists have extracted a novel 2D material, termed hematene, from a common iron ore, which could prove of use in solar cells and spintronic devices.

Ceramic transition metal nanoparticle complexes coated with amino acids combine optical properties and chiral asymmetry.

Giant photo-effect in graphene decorated with Pt nanoparticles boosts proton transport and hydrogen generation.

The Acta Journals are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Reviewer awards for excellence in reviewing in 2017.

New sensing strategy enables biological targets to be tracked and imaged in vitro and in vivo with high spatial and temporal accuracy.

A new designer's toolkit can build various levels of complexity into nanoparticles using a simple, mix-and-match process.

A novel method of computational analysis can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet-unmade high-entropy alloys.

Engineers have discovered that zirconium tritelluride nanoribbons can carry a current density 50 times greater than conventional copper interconnects.

By enforcing a phenomenon called ‘magnetic frustration’, a new osmium-based material could house a quantum spin liquid for use in quantum computing.

Salt aids the creation of 2D materials by lowering the energetic barrier that otherwise prevents the component molecules from reacting with each other.

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