Materials news, April 2016

Scientists have found a simple way to convert one type of perovskite into another type that is a better light absorber with greater thermal stability.

Molecules give electrons good vibrations

Molecular electronic plasmonics is bringing together molecular electronics and plasmonics for next generation devices.

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A new technique known as ion soft-landing can produce battery electrodes with significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability.

Salt crystals can act as a template for the growth of thin sheets of conductive metal oxides that are highly effective at storing energy.

Using a new synthesis approach, scientists have developed a polar metal that possesses both insulating and conducting properties.

Scientists have invented a metal nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

View the live 2016 Elsevier Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday April 27th, 2016.

Scientists have developed a quick and efficient method for exfoliating atomically-thin flakes of phosphorene from black phosphorous.

A novel metamaterial made of nanoscale structures of gold and magnesium fluoride can radiate heat at specific wavelengths and in specific directions.

Canadian researchers have found that some functionalised nanomaterials can affect the hatching and early development of fish embryos.

Scientists have uncovered the structural similarity between smectic liquid crystals and a crystalline structure of steel known as martensites.

Using an ultrafast electron microscope, researchers have recorded the first-ever videos showing how heat moves through nanoscale materials.

View details about the Fifth International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials, taking place in March 2017.

Explore the Special Issue on The Effects of Confinement on Polymeric Thermal Transitions and Nanostructuring, here.

Explore the new Special Issue on Thermophysical Properties, Thermal Stability and Fire Retardancy of Polymers Blends and Filled Polymers.

Scientists have discovered that the strong force-field emitted by a Tesla coil can cause carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires.

Ultra-thin ferroelectric films based on hafnium oxide could produce non-volatile memory elements called ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

perovskite solar cells improved by squeezing the material between diamonds

By using a scanning tunneling microscope to image pairs of electrons in a superconductor, scientists have discovered a new state of electronic matter.

Scientists predict that in certain crystal materials current can only flow through a set of surface channels that resemble an hourglass.

Using vacuum filtration to produce controllable carbon nanotubes films.

Researchers from Los Alamos may have found a way to produce perovskite thin films, using a cheap, scalable technique.

Quantum spin fingerprints of two-dimensional magnetic materials

Quantum feedback in synthetic diamond

scattering neutrons in a 2D solid state material

3D printing of robots from both solids and liquids for the first time.

Applying a magnetic field to a novel non-magnetic metal made it conduct 70% more electricity, even though basic physics would have predicted the opposite.

A combined electrolyte and separator containing hexagonal boron nitride can allow lithium-ion batteries to work at high temperatures.

Magnetic transfer could lead the way to spintronics

Valleytronics based on two-dimensional semiconductors.

Finnish researchers are calling for consistent and standardized testing of super-hydrophobic materials.

Researchers have created a stretchable photodetector with enhanced, strain-tunable photoresponsivity by engineering 2D graphene into 3D structures.

Details of the Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids winners 2016.

Applying pressure can change the properties of the crystalline materials known as perovskites and how they respond to light.

By combining graphene with molecules capable of altering their structure on exposure to light, scientists have created light-responsive molecular switches.

A new type of amorphous steel alloy possesses a record-breaking ability to withstand an impact without deforming permanently.

A carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric material that captures and uses waste heat to generate electricity.

Wrinkled and crumpled graphene sheets offer improved properties.

New research has identified how liquid-like materials can change into a solid-like state through simple stirring.

Scientists have developed a simple filtration process for creating flexible, wafer-scale films of highly aligned and closely-packed carbon nanotubes.

Scientists have improved the performance of a solid battery electrolyte through chemical modification and pulverization.

Scientists have detected a new state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid in the 2D material ruthenium chloride.

Rediscovered synthesis methods for transition metal dichalcogenides could enable future optical, electronic, and mechanical devices.

A new paper-like battery electrode made from silicon oxycarbide glass and graphene is able to operate at the low temperatures found in space.

Scientists have used computer-based calculations to show that two dimensional boron is a low-temperature superconductor.

Exposure to light helps fabrics with embedded nanostructures to clean themselves.

New moldable thermoplastic polymer leads to renewable thermoplastics.

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