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Metals and alloys news, December 2020

Organic films just a single molecule thick can make metals such as aluminum easier to cut by inducing localized embrittlement.

By realizing the quantum anomalous Hall effect in a multilayered insulator, researchers have produced a multilane highway for transporting electrons.

Researchers have discovered that 'weak' Van der Waals interactions are still sufficient to form bumps in rigid silver nanosheets.

Scientists have discovered why an anomalous metallic state appears at the superconductor-insulator transition in 2D superconductors.

Researchers used computer simulations to model the effects of elemental composition on the glass-forming ability of metallic mixtures.

Researchers have found a new way to predict the properties of metal alloys based on reactions at the boundaries between their crystalline grains.

Researchers have discovered that a process known as crystal gliding is responsible for damage to single-crystal, nickel-rich cathodes in batteries.

A team of researchers says it's time to step up efforts to find thermoelectric materials for cooling applications as well as power generation.

A new flexible, rechargeable, printable silver oxide-zinc battery can provide five to 10 times more power than current lithium-ion batteries.

By switching between two different nanomaterial sheets, engineers have produced a dual-mode heating and cooling device for buildings.

Researchers have used nanosheets to create an inorganic material that can be converted from a hard gel to soft matter by changing the temperature.

A magnesium battery with a new cathode and electrolyte can deliver a power density comparable to that of lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers have shown that flexible, ultrathin antennas made by spraying the 2D material MXene perform almost as well as copper antennas.

Researchers have imbued electrons with novel properties by forcing them to travel along a serpentine path in a metal oxide nanowire.

Researchers have revealed how defects form and become trapped in solidifying metal in a form of additive manufacturing called laser powder bed fusion.

A novel AI algorithm called CAMEO was able to discover a potentially useful new material without requiring additional training from scientists.

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