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Metals and alloys news, December 2018

A new nanocomposite anode material can produce lithium-ion batteries that are more suitable for use in large devices such as electric vehicles.

A novel fuel cell catalyst comprising cobalt-platinum alloy nanoparticles on a composite substrate uses much less platinum than current catalysts.

A new catalyst made of nanometer-thin sheets of metal carbide can generate hydrogen from water just as efficiently as platinum-based catalysts.

Using laser light to trap atoms in a checkerboard-like pattern, scientists have studied how resistance can develop in unconventional metals.

Oscillating loads at certain frequencies can lead to several-fold increases in the strength of composites that contain a molecular layer of ‘nanoglue’.

Using oxygen doping, scientists have uncovered previously inaccessible details of the phase diagram of a high-temperature superconductor.

A novel x-ray technique can image antiphase magnetic domains in antiferromagnets, which could advance their use in spintronics applications.

Congratulations to Prof M Stanley Whittingham.

Circularly polarized light delivered at a particular angle to C-shaped gold nanoparticles produced a plasmonic response unlike any discovered before.

Multiferroics and topological materials have produced a new energy-efficient transistor called a magneto-electric spin-orbit (MESO) device.

Researchers have accomplished the first detailed high-speed imaging and analysis of the process that occurs when a microparticle impacts a surface.

bridging the gaps between aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes with metal atoms boosts electrical conductivity in a new direction

Nanoantibiotics could provide new ways of treating drug-resistant 'superbugs' and reducing the amounts of traditional antibiotics used

A novel thin-film material can rapidly transition from an electricity-transmitting metal to an insulator without changing its atomic structure.

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