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Materials news, February 2017

LEDs made from arrays of nanorods that can both emit and detect light could lead to interactive displays that charge themselves from ambient light.

A novel metamaterial film can cool objects by reflecting incoming solar energy while also allowing the surface to shed its own heat.

Hair of blue tarantulas shows how to produce structurally colored materials.

Live webinar - March 7th, 9 - 10 AM GMT – The nuts & bolts of Peer Review: a discussion by Biomaterials Editors Professors Pandit and Yu.

Miniature sensor device as oral theranostic powered by stomach acid.

Solar-powered, carbon-based portable potable water generator.

Researchers have shown experimentally how a unique form of magnetism arises in an odd class of materials called Mott insulators.

Scientists have found a way to produce and measure the properties of a single, three-atom-thick layer of tungsten ditelluride.

Mildred Dresselhaus sadly passes away at the age of 86.

Next step towards bacterial fuel cell using paper electrode.

Mapping nanoparticles atom by atom.

Researchers have found a perovskite mineral with the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time.

Hear from Enrique Lavernia and Fei Chen at our Reviewer workshop at TMS 2017.

Researchers have built and trained machine learning algorithms that can accurately predict defect behavior in intermetallic compounds.

Using macrophages with flow cytometry, a rapid screening method can determine how medical nanoparticles interact with the immune system.

Scientists have determined the mechanical properties of a sulfide-based solid electrolyte by poking it with a sharp probe.

Adding two different additives to the same polymer semiconductor offers a simple way to modify its electrical properties.

By utilizing a novel nanoparticle-based design to tune surface plasmon resonance, engineers have created a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material.

Inspired by natural adhesive materials, scientists have developed a synthetic version that can be controlled remotely using UV light.

A new way of mass-producing graphene uses just three simple ingredients: hydrocarbon gas, oxygen and a spark plug.

By coating a normal fabric with an electroactive material, researchers have produced ‘textile muscles’ that could be incorporated into clothes.

Unexpectedly, scientists have discovered that electrons in metallic vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.

Using a Titan supercomputer, scientists have identified Lewis-acidic polymers as promising solid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries.

Physicists have mapped the coordinates of more than 23,000 individual atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle to reveal the material's defects.

Conductive CNT-composites could be produced using standard commercial 3D printers, according to Italian researchers

French researchers say that a mix of carbon dioxide and methane could be the perfect feedstock for high quality carbon nanomaterials

Scientists have developed a simple and innovative technique for drawing or imprinting complex, nanometric patterns on hollow polymer fibers.

A new metamaterial can be easily manipulated to alter the stiffness of its surface by orders of magnitude, from rubber to steel.

A new computational design strategy can pinpoint optimal materials for coating the cathode in lithium-ion batteries to protect it from degradation.

Synthetic nanoparticles can achieve the same level of structural complexity, hierarchy and accuracy as biomolecules such as proteins.

New synthesis mechanism transforms bulk metal alloys directly into nanowires.

Mimicking the hierarchical microstructure of the clingfish sucker for materials applications.

Using symmetry and topology, scientists have described a new class of metals with exotic electronic properties.

A new oxidatively-modified carbon material is highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations such as cesium and strontium.

The winners of the Energy Storage Materials 2016 Best Paper Award and Most Cited Paper Award have been announced.

The top ten Reviewers for ENSM in 2016 have been announced.

Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists have discovered cracking of cathode particles as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged.

A three-dimensional, foldable radiator coated with a vanadium oxide-based material could remove or retain heat on small satellites.

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With the help of a cuprate superconductor, scientists have revealed the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor.

Scientists have developed a simple, inexpensive technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk powders at ambient conditions.

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