Materials news, January 2016

A novel plastic material containing spiky nanoparticles of graphene-coated nickel can prevent lithium-ion batteries from overheating.

The electric fields that form at the interface between metals and semiconductors can alter their mechanical properties.

The empty spaces that form between nanoparticles in self-assembling clusters can act as nanoflasks for speeding up chemical reactions.

Scientists have shown that microwave impedance microscopy can be used to determine several properties of individual nanotubes.

Recognizing 60 years of achievements in field emission and atomic scale microscopy.

Cell-free protein synthesis for on-demand therapeutic proteins.

New carbon materials are finding a plethora of new applications in environmental and other key technology sectors.

manipulating electrons in thin semiconductors by confining them in device made from 2D material

Encoding images in infrared signals.

Studying a high-entropy alloy with transmission electron microscopy has revealed several mechanisms that make it both very tough and strong.

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optoelectronic microprocessors using light to move information

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Polymer fibers of the right size and shape could help regrowing nerve cells repair tissue damage after injury

A novel type of transparent electrode for use in touchscreens comprises a grid of gold or silver ‘nanowalls’ on a glass surface.

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Copper alloy nanoparticles can be used to produce affordable conductive inks with high oxidation resistance.

Depositing organic polymers on a metal substrate offers a new way to fabricate atomically-controlled carbon nanostructures.

US scientists have developed a new platform to rapidly screen formulations for current gene-editing systems.

Monolayers of hollow carbon spheres can make a novel, low-cost, ultra-lightweight antireflective coating for microwave radiation.

By encasing a hydrogen-producing enzyme within a viral protein shell, scientists have developed a novel fuel cell catalyst.

Trapped, laser cooled metal ions display two-phonon quantum interference

Modeling meta materials with a negative refractive index

Just add water to gold nanodroplets to have them etching straight channels in a surface.

A new way to produce solid-state lithium-ion batteries involves melting the solid electrolyte and then coating it onto the battery electrodes.

A new non-destructive technique can investigate phase changes in crystalline materials by monitoring acoustic responses at the nanoscale.

Phase transitions in high-performance materials

Boron nitride nanotubes produce strong polymer composites than carbon nanotubes.

A novel solid electrolyte for lithium batteries made from polymer and glass overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes.

Through its use of low-cost materials, a new flow battery technology is projected to cost 60% less than today's standard flow batteries.

Using chains of magnetic nanoparticles to manipulate elastic polymers in three dimensions, scientists have produced novel soft robots.

A new type of synthetic bone graft can boost the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients.

New faster high-res AFM that can take real-time videos.

Scientists have developed a new process that can produce silica compounds from the hulls left over from processing rice.

Simple synthesis strategy could enable carbon nanomaterials to retain their unique properties in three-dimensions.

Skin-like polymeric material uses carbon nanotubes to bring a sense of touch to robotic and prosthetic devices.

two innovations could overcome the limitations of carbon nanotube transistors

Scientists have created a two-dimensional sheet of boron, analogous to graphene, which they term borophene.

A novel metamaterial can manipulate acoustic waves at more than double the resolution currently possible for acoustic imaging.

Modeling shows hybrid material that responds to different stimuli.

Encasing sunscreen active ingredient inside sticky polymer nanoparticles stops penetration into the skin.

New firefighting foam based on silica nanoparticles.

Scientists have experimentally confirmed that graphene nanoribbons with certain precise widths are metallic rather than semiconducting.

Thin films of correlated metals such as strontium vanadate are both highly transparent and electrically conductive.

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