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Materials news, July 2014

A solution for new meta materials

A new approach to meta materials has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Donostia International Physics Center in Spain.

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures.

Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University.

GKN Powder Metallurgy and McPhy Energy, a developer of hydrogen-based solutions, have partnered to accelerate the deployment of solid state hydrogen storag

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers.

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, physicists have determined.

Researchers in China have demonstrated that nanowires of potassium niobate can act as UV-A photodetecting materials.

Researchers have used a microscope to study the relationship between the atomic geometry of a ribbon of graphene and its electrical properties.

The solution-based inorganic process could drive more efficient electronics and solar devices
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Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to scientists.

A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps radioactive krypton and xenon gases by breathing enough to let the gases in but not out.

New laser reference device, traditional quartz “tuning fork” and coin for scale. Credit: Jiang Li/Caltech

Tough and flexible hybrid made from carbon nanotubes embedded in a polymer fiber could improve the treatment of damaged heart tissue.

Nanoparticles coated in protein help improve MRI scanning for small cancer tumors.

Polayacenes for improved solar cells.

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light.

A three-dimensional porous nanostructure would have a balance of strength, toughness and ability to transfer heat, according to scientists.

The first experimental evidence for a boron buckyball has been obtained by chemists in the US and China.

New material that can change from hard to soft states.

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Researchers have developed a novel, tunable nanoantenna that paves the way for new kinds of plasmonic-based optomechanical systems.

Physicists were able to place 20 single atoms on a fully insulated surface at room temperature to form the smallest “Swiss cross”.

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom.

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Norwegian scientists have investigated the effect of particle size on the thermal and optical properties of aerogels for insulating windows.

A simple environmentally friendly chemical method of preparing nanosheets of graphene.

The fractional quantum Hall effect has been observed in bilayer graphene and shown to be tunable with an electric field.

A group of researchers have found that by gradually changing the internal structure of metals they can make stronger, tougher materials.

A narrow enough ribbon will transform a conductor into a semiconductor.

Research may help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal illnesses.

Scientists have discovered that proteins found within the nuclear pore function similar to a velcro.

What is believed to be the smallest force ever measured has been detected by researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

US researchers have developed a scalable process to produce continuous ribbons of aligned CNTs, for use in supercapacitor electrodes.

Skyrmions, subatomic quasiparticles that could play a key role in future spintronic technologies, have been observed for the first time using x-rays.

Scientists at USC have developed a water-based organic battery that is long lasting, built from cheap, eco-friendly components.

A new mathematical model could help engineers control the formation of wrinkle, crease, and fold structures in a wide variety of materials.

Researchers have developed a material which transports a magnetic field from one location to the other, similar to how a hose transports water.

The best in materials science news from June 2014.

Research shows magnetically responsive liquid displays helped by nanorods.

After two years of effort, researchers have successfully measured the collective mass of ‘massless’ electrons in motion in graphene.

Researchers have developed new “sensing skin” technology designed to serve as an early warning system for concrete structures.

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