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Nanomaterials news, October 2015

A new technique called cyclic healing uses repetitive, gentle stretching to eliminate pre-existing defects in nanoscale metal crystals.

Polymeric capsules that can be triggered by an ultrasonic signal could release a cargo of drugs at specific times or in sequence

A new patterning process can fabricate electrically-conductive features as small as 4nm onto individual graphene oxide sheets.

A new anti-fouling coating for steel can make it stronger, safer and more durable.

A novel dielectric film has a similar refractive index to air but is strong enough to be incorporated into electronic and photonic devices.

Circular nanohoops containing both carbon and nitrogen atoms represent a new class of organic semiconductor.

A new tri-lab consortium in the US will aim to design new solid-state materials for storing hydrogen gas.

Using a new concept for designing catalysts, scientists have developed a more effective platinum-based catalyst for fuel cells.

improving the stability of quantum dots by chemically altering their surface in an environmentally benign way

Scientists have created a novel, environmentally-friendly flame retardant derived from the neurotransmitter dopamine.

improving solar cells performance by cooling in sunlight

A novel materials-by-design approach can lead to the development of nanocellulose materials with better mechanical properties.

A unique and novel type of nanoribbon could enhance the efficiency of organic solar cells.

A new type of anode made from mushrooms could lead to lithium-ion batteries that increase capacity with repeated charging.

Scientists have developed artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water and mimic the natural blooming process.

Materials Today now invites researchers to propose projects that fit within the scope of the Grand Challenge.

Atomically thin sheets of hybrid perovskites represent the first 2D semiconductors made from ionic materials.

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