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Materials news, October 2016

A light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material could find uses ranging from microscopic grippers to more efficient solar cells.

Researchers have developed a biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber made from hydrogel for use as a flexible implant.

The latest members of the journal family, publishing full length original research articles, short communications and reviews.

Researchers have determined that the surface texture of gallium nitride materials can influence the health of nearby cells.

Using organo-metal halide perovskite films to improve solar cells.

Scientists have confirmed that static, as opposed to fluctuating, charge stripes coexist with superconductivity in a doped cuprate.

A sensor that uses Raman spectroscopy to detect glucose levels.

Find out more about this years Reaxys PhD Prize winners.

Review of single- or multi-layer transition metal oxides.

The first experiments to determine the ferroelectric properties of hafnium oxide have revealed that it can be deposited as ultra-thin films.

New electronic ‘paper’ is flexible, less than 1µm thick and can display a full range of colors, but requires 10 times less energy than a Kindle tablet.

A catalyst comprising copper nanoparticles embedded in carbon spikes can convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol.

Researchers have used the shape of cicada wings as a template to create antireflective structures made from titanium dioxide.

Browse the latest Acta Biomaterialia Special Issue on Zwitterionic Materials.

Find out how Materials Today is evolving.

A novel simulation technique can predict the defects in 2D materials caused by bombardment with noble gas ions.

For the first time, scientists have created a perovskite quantum dot and shown that it can form the basis for an efficient solar cell.

Using a plasmomechanical metamaterial, scientists have developed a device that can oscillate indefinitely when illuminated with light.

For the first time, researchers have developed a supercapacitor that employs a conductive metal-organic framework rather than carbon.

Materials award for Editor-in-chief of Composites Science and Technology

Engineers have shown that fungi cultivated in brewery wastewater can be converted into electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

The first ambipolar material that can conduct both electrons and holes in water-based solutions could lead to new biological sensor technologies.

A novel transistor made with a new combination of materials is even smaller than the smallest possible silicon-based transistor.

Adding defects to an iron-based superconductor can double the amount of electrical current it can carry and increase its critical temperature.

Materials & Design announce a new content type for the journal.

Scientists have developed a solvent system with reduced toxicity that can be used in the manufacture of perovskite solar cells.

When grown on silver, the 2D material known as borophene naturally forms corrugations, potentially making it suitable for use in stretchable electronics.

A novel three-in-one instrument can correlate the flowability of soft ‘gooey’ materials with their underlying microstructure and composition.

Scientists have determined how each of five distinct types of belite crystal contribute to concrete's ease of manufacture and ultimate strength.

nerve fiber-carbon nanotube mesh hybrid scaffold material helps cells to reconnect separated segments of spinal tissue

Scientists have come up with a way to position gold nanoparticles on a surface with a precision of 1nm.

introducing a wave into GaAs nanoribbons allows manipulation of the band gap

Scientists have discovered that when a perovskite is exposed to water vapor and streams of electrons, it gives off oxygen and begins oscillating.

Reinforcing graphene nanoadditives increase strength of composites.

Self-assembly process produces three dimension graphene shapes in a reliable manner.

polymer nanoparticles carrying an immune-suppressing agent administered at the same time as biological drugs can attenuate immune response

By allowing peptides to continuously reorganize their sequences, scientists have produced a range of novel peptide-based materials.

Chitosan biocompatible and biodegradable 3D scaffolds made by flocking.

Graphene-silicone rubber composites self-repair damage like cracks or fractures.

The Editors now welcome comprehensive articles and short communications reporting breakthrough discoveries and major technical achievements.

Read about Kytai Nguyen- the 2016 Embracing Challenge Award winner.

A novel program aims to create a new generation of scientists working at the crossroads of big data and materials science.

Nobel Prize for Physics and Chemistry 2016

Scientists have placed a layer of graphene on top of a fatty lipid monolayer, as a first step towards surrounding graphene with a shell of lipids.

Researchers have discovered that the vast majority of the pores in zeolite-based desalination membranes are closed, greatly reducing their efficiency.

The International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials (ICDCM) “Young Scholar Award” winners have been announced.

Engineers have developed a new material made from hydroxyapatite and a biocompatible polymer for 3D printing bone implants.

Observing atomic interactions could improve superconductors

Scientists have used a range of modern materials, including carbon nanotubes, to create ultra-strong, powerful, shape-shifting yarns.

A new material made of tiny cellulose nanofibers could replace potentially harmful absorbent materials in diapers and sanitary products.

Squeezing electrons onto one-dimensional wires shows quantum effects

When compressed, layered materials will form a series of internal buckles, or ripples, as they deform, in a process termed ripplocation.

Scientists have precisely simulated how a thin layer of water can reduce the transfer of heat between graphene and a cell membrane.

Quantum dots embedded in polymer for stress testing materials.

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