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Materials news, September 2015

Scientists have used imperfections running through liquid crystals as a template for the synthesis of novel materials.

Environmental impact of green composites based on nanocellulose-reinforced epoxy composites.

A novel method for combining proteins and synthetic polymers could produce biomaterials with unprecedented properties.

A non-toxic, inexpensive cathode material for sodium-ion batteries is more stable than previous versions.

A nanosheet-based photonic crystal that changes color in response to moisture could be used for 'contactless control'.

A novel microscopy technique for determining the 3D position of individual atoms can identify point defects in a material.

By studying metallic glasses, scientists have revealed that the atoms in glass form a fractal pattern at small scales.

Understanding the behavior of silicon nitride could lead to better performance devices for orthopedics.

A new stretchable, transparent conductor can be stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue.

Scientists have developed complex self-folding structures using components made from smart shape-memory polymers.

A novel transparent material improves the performance of solar cells by shunting away heat while still letting through visible light.

A new synthetic material made from 1 billion tiny magnets undergoes phase transitions as the temperature changes.

origami technique produces stiff but flexible engineering structures

A new ultra-thin invisibility ‘skin’ cloak can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light.

new light-sensitive, plant–human hybrid protein molecule could help memory

A team of physicists has induced stable ferroelectricity in a sheet of strontium titanate only a few nanometers thick.

Hydrogen-making catalyst using cheaper and more abundant materials.

Scientists have developed coated silica nanoparticles for treating sensitive teeth.

A new study of the catalytic behavior of platinum nanoparticles has revealed the importance of the iron oxide they sit on.

Learning about photosynthesis with 2D HYSCORE spectroscopy

For the first time, researchers have imaged how light moves inside an exotic class of matter known as hyperbolic materials.

Scientists have developed a unique model for the fast and accurate prediction of novel metal alloy materials for catalysis.

A new model can predict for the first time which combinations of metals will best form metallic glass.

A new catalyst could help fuel-efficient automobile engines to run more cleanly and efficiently.

Simple, new technique creates tiny hollow cages of Pt with walls just a few atoms thick that could be used in catalysis.

Individual nanoparticles in solution can be resolved in 3D by combining developments in electron microscopy, biology, and computation.

Ultra strong coupling for improved performance in microcavity OLEDs.

High-temperature 3D printing of transparent glass objects now possible.

Growing graphene on a liquid layers enables the production of high quality, large single crystals.

Japanese arts of origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting) inspire scientists and engineers to make graphene into three-dimensional structures.

Materials and Design is feeling refreshed with a new ISSN.

Scientists have announced the first observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor.

A novel catalyst made from cheap, abundant materials is almost as effective as platinum at splitting water to produce hydrogen.

Combining super-resolution microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy produces a new technique for studying pores.

Understanding exciton behavior in photovoltaic materials

Growing magnetic layers on a 2D crystal can provide highly local control over the preferred direction of the magnetism.

A new 'electron camera' shows how individual atoms move to form wrinkles in a single layer of molecules.

Scientists have discovered that plastics don't need to possess ordered polymer chains in order to conduct electricity.

Elsevier celebrate Kris Matyjaszewski’s 65th Birthday with a Special Issue of polymer on Macromolecular Engineering dedicated to him.

Canadian physicists have produced superconducting graphene for the first time, by coating it with lithium atoms.

A novel material is able to split water by using gold nanoparticles to produce hot electrons.

A new one-step process can make carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior physical properties in three dimensions.

A new way to study nanoparticles one at a time has revealed that seemingly identical particles can have very different properties.

A newly developed polymer material can emit light of different colors in response to a wide variety of external conditions.

Scientists have created the first synthetic structure made of both protein and DNA.

A team of chemical engineers have developed bioactive titania scaffolds that encourage bone tissue to regenerate, speeding up the healing process.

Working with Nissan, a team of researchers have successfully developed a platinum-free catalyst, for use in fuel cells for the car's of tomorrow.

Theoretical calculations suggest that the properties of atom-thick sheets of boron depend on where those atoms are deposited.

An innovative method for getting nanoparticles to self-assemble utilizes the medium in which the particles are suspended.

A single drop of water can repair tears in a novel biopolymer derived from the suckers on squid tentacles.

The inner space of carbon nanotubes can act as a template for the synthesis of nanodiamond-like carbon chains.

Scientists have successfully wrapped up droplets in thin polymer sheets.

By finding a way to get metal-organic frameworks to melt, scientists have developed a novel type of glass.

The UK EPSRC has awarded a £5.4 million grant for research into new advanced biomaterials in healthcare.

Engineers have created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like velcro.

A novel molecular system can both absorb carbon dioxide and selectively reduce it to carbon monoxide.

Read our latest special issue on Self-Healing Polymers.

Polymer scaffolding has allowed scientists to see how plant cells behave and interact with each other in a 3D environment.

Scientists in the US have taken advantage of a sponge-like gel called a ‘cryogel’ to produce a novel type of cancer vaccine.

Software developed at Purdue University for modeling composite materials has been commercialized by a US company.

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