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Materials news, August 2015

Scientists have invented a glue that hardens when a voltage is applied to it, allowing it to be used in wet and damp conditions.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £6.65 million grant for research into new advanced energy materials.

Scientists have developed a novel material that possesses both spontaneous magnetization and electric polarization.

A novel form of graphene with embedded metallic nanoparticles makes a useful fuel cell catalyst.

A new fabrication method allows unstable 2D materials to be isolated as single atomic layers for the first time.

Researchers from across the country have begun to design the framework on which to build the emerging field of nanoinformatics.

Researchers observed that hydrogen sulfide becomes superconductive at minus 70 degree Celsius.

A team of judges have completed the evaluation of nominees for the 2014 Acta Student Awards.

Tuning band gap in black phosphorus for better semiconductors.

A new method of gene sequencing.

Electronic devices that use DNA to harvest energy from motion.

Transition metal sandwiches with a carbide filling.

Researchers have developed a model system for so-called soft colloids.

Announcing the winner of the 2015 IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal: Prof. Chia-Ling Chien.

Winner of the 2014 Frans Habraken Best Paper Award Announced: Congratulations to Cedric Barroo!

Scientists have used a unique nano-optical probe to study the effects of illumination on two-dimensional semiconductors at the molecular level.

Applied Materials Today is now live on ScienceDirect.

Flexible hybrid electronics emerging from military research.

The next step is to achieve running white lasers on a battery which would bring this invention closer to application in real-life technologies.

Dutch chemists have developed a novel kind of polymer than can report when it changes shape.

Scientists have discovered a way to grow graphene nanoribbons directly on a conventional germanium semiconductor wafer.

Using high-pressure conditions, scientists have induced colossal magnetoresistance in a pure sample of lanthanum manganite.

The softness of a new dry silicone rubber can be tailored to match a variety of biological tissues.

Scientists have developed a new energy-efficient catalyst for converting carbon dioxide directly into the liquid fuel methanol.

The study and development of atomically thin coatings will be the focus of a new, one-of-a-kind university/industry center.

Scientists have developed a new hydrogel that stretches and contracts in response to changing temperature.

A lawn-like coating of tiny grass-like platinum wires could improve electronic devices used to communicate with the brain.

Magnetic nanoparticles encased in oily liquid shells spontaneously form chains on exposure to a magnetic field.

Special Issue Publication on bio-based polymers, available to freely download now.

An iron-telluride material can develop superconductivity with no long-range electronic or magnetic order when ‘doped’ with sulfur.

An unusual amorphous metal alloy known as a bulk metallic glass could increase the longevity of stents, which are used to to open up blocked arteries.

Nanoparticles with a solid shell and a ‘yolk’ inside that can change size make a good anode for rechargeable batteries.

Developing a tunable terahertz generation using hybrid semiconductors

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that aren’t naturally magnetic.

Scientists have developed an entirely new material spun out of boron, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen.

New technology developed by UC Berkeley bioengineers promises to make a workhorse lab tool cheaper, more portable and many times faster

Researchers have found that catalysis and wetting, two processes, which had been considered unrelated, are in fact closely linked

Scientists one step closer to understanding how certain materials display high oxygen mobility at room-temperature.

A research team has found that catalysis and wetting, which had been considered unrelated, are in fact closely linked.

Researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries.

Researchers, have shown how nature uses a variety of pathways to grow crystals that go beyond the classical, one-atom-at-a-time route.

Flexible electronic devices that can be injected into cavities or living tissue through a needle and interpenetrate the space have been developed.

A novel combination of graphene wrapped around nanodiamond particles can reduce friction to near zero.

Researchers have confirmed that Li ions prefer to aggregate at and move along defects like twin boundaries in battery electrode materials.

Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a modulator that is a hundred times smaller than conventional models.

Patterning metallic biomedical dental and hip implants with tiny grooves could improve biocompatibility with the body and reduce adverse reactions.

Researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance

Research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length.

Inspired by birds’ bright plumage, researchers have designed thin films of synthetic nanoparticles that mimic these colorful displays.

Researchers have engineered the surface of nanosized polymeric drug carriers to bind onto cancer cells and slip past the blood-brain barrier.

Engineers and physicists have discovered a property of silicon that combines aspects of all of these desirable qualities.

Researchers have observed the growth of free nanoparticles in helium gas.

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