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Nanomaterials news, February 2016

Graphene could form basis for frictionless coatings

The discovery that graphene produces almost no friction when dragged across a gold surface suggests that it could be used as a frictionless coating.

Placing graphene on top of common soda-lime glass influences its electronic properties, reducing the need for chemical doping.

Scientists have shown that carbon films can allow microchips to house their own power sources.

A material made of buckyballs and potassium ions becomes superconducting at -170°C when irradiated with pulses of infrared light.

Micromanipulator based on graphene and polymers mimics the extraordinary ability of gecko's feet to grip any surface and self-clean.

Eight-armed nanoparticles of Au and Pd, which combine the catalytic and plasmonic capabilities of each element, could speed up chemical reactions.

The first known statistical theory for determining the toughness of polycrystalline graphene has revealed that it's strong but not very tough.

Tetrahedral cages made from DNA can be used to arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond.

By combining 3D laser lithography and pyrolysis, scientists have fabricated the smallest ever lattice structure made from glassy carbon.

A new technique can create nearly two-dimensional nanosheets from compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials.

Origami-inspired graphene-based paper can self-fold into boxes, hand-like grippers, and walking devices.

New CVD growth process can produce high quality wafers of single crystal graphene fast.

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Patterning chemical arrays that attract water on a surface that repels water offers a novel way to control the spread of frost.

Common coaxial data cables could be made 50% lighter with a new carbon nanotube-based outer conductor.

For the first time, scientists have produced three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks by weaving them from helical organic threads.

Oxygen molecules scattered within layers of otherwise pristine graphene affect how the layers interact with each other under strain.

A thin coating of a composite material comprising graphene nanoribbons in epoxy is highly effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade.

Researchers have used magnetic fields to control the semiconductor properties of topological insulator nanoribbons.

Scientists have developed a novel method, termed bubble-pen lithography, that uses microbubbles to inscribe nanoparticles onto a surface.

Lithium-ion battery cathodes made from novel metal particles don't develop a crusty coating that can degrade the battery's performance.

A thin, stretchable film offers a simpler, more cost-effective way to produce circularly polarized light for applications such as detecting cancer.

Scientists have developed computer models of hybrid materials that combine graphene with nanotubes made from either carbon or boron nitride.

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