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Materials news, December 2016

Computer model identifies 21 promising solid electrolytes

Using a computational model, scientists have identified 21 solid electrolytes that could replace the volatile liquids used in rechargeable batteries.

New magnetoelectric multiferroic has room-temperature properties frozen in

A new magnetoelectric multiferroic material still possesses coupled magnetic and electrical properties at room temperature.

A new perspective article reviews the state-of-the-art of autonomous polymers and lays out future directions for the field.

Using plasmonic silver nanocubes, researchers have developed a novel technique for printing and imaging across a range of colors.

The redistribution of energy in quasicrystals takes place as a chain reaction that resembles the forked branches of a lightning strike.

Researchers have shown how a molecular cap can trap potentially harmful emissions within MOFs.

Scientists have chemically-modified sawdust to make it oil-attracting and buoyant, and thus ideal for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic.

Scientists have developed a novel way to synthesize nano-sized Lonsdaleite, hexagonal diamonds that are much harder than regular diamonds.

New high-precision sensor measures changes in magnetic fields.

Metallic organic, no pressure, TED.

Hexavalent nitrogen compounds a possibility.

Record-breaking perovskite solar

novel hemostatic treatment based on a shape memory polymer (SMP) foam combined with an antibacterial hydrogel suitable for deep wounds

Inducing electrical doping in organic semiconductor films could lead to cheaper solar cells.

Water stays "stiff" in carbon nanotubes even above its normal boiling temperature.

Using a special electron microscope with atomic-level resolution, scientists have shown that large ions can hold open atomic tunnels in battery electrodes.

Scientists have discovered that step edges in topological crystalline insulators can produce electrically conducting pathways.

Researchers have shown that adding graphene to glass-fibre composites could improve their crash performance.

Chinese researchers say that high-rate, long-life batteries could be one step closer, thanks to nanofiber anodes.

Synthesizing cement particles in a variety of shapes, including cubes and spheres, can produce concrete that is less porous and more durable.

Bimetallic particles of nickel and cobalt form an extremely porous ‘Swiss cheese’-like structure on oxidation, increasing their catalytic activity.

New additions to the Materials Today family.

By studying electron spins in an ytterbium crystal, scientists have detected strong signs of a quantum spin liquid appearing at near absolute zero.

Shining light at terahertz wavelengths at a topological insulator has revealed that it straddles the classical and quantum realms.

First articles, available now.

New porous materials made of transition metals such as cobalt, iron and nickel can store hydrogen at low pressures and room temperature.

Researchers have found that the entire surface of molybdenum sulfide can be used as a hydrogen evolution catalyst, not just the edges.

Nanoscale defects in a superconducting material can interact with weak magnetic fields to put the brakes on superconductivity.

Changing the length of the polymer ‘thread’ between each molecular ‘bead’ can increase the strain and rupture strength of polymer gels.

Exciting the polaritons in 2D materials can cause electromagnetic energy to be focused down to a tiny volume.

Patterned diamond surfaces covered with a layer of graphene can efficiently transport phonons from a semiconductor to a diamond heat sink.

Scientists have developed a luminescent metal-organic framework that can detect and capture heavy metal toxins such as lead and mercury.

When confined within carbon nanotubes, water can freeze solid even at high temperatures that would normally set it boiling.

Researchers have developed a novel approach to fabricating 3D micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon.

introducing an additional polymer layer into ‘inverted’ perovskite solar cells can boost performance

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Nanoparticles can break down hazardous organic dyes into harmless molecules.

Illuminating photonic crystals with laser light generates patterns that reveal how light beams of different colors bend as they pass through the crystal.

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers have determined why the friction varies when an object slides across graphene.

A new perovskite material with unique magnetic properties could be used to build next-generation hard drives.

Professor Allan S. Hoffman wins 2017 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal.

DMS from biofouling of plastic could attract foraging seabirds.

A liquid, BODIPY dye-based battery of the future.

The mathematics of making coffee, liquid extraction optimization.

Mimicking the colorful nano structures of the metallica spider.

A low-cost, scalable spray-printing process can fabricate high-quality, isolated organic single crystals on almost any substrate.

By propelling silver nanowires at supersonic speed, scientists have produced an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive.

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