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Materials news, March 2017

A new imaging technique can visualize the evolution of micro- and nanoscale structures on a material's surface after irradiation with a laser beam.

Single-atom memory maintains Moore's Law.

Waterproof breathable textiles market set for massive growth.

Korean researchers have developed an implantable supercapacitor that could be used to power future medical devices.

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Additive allows immiscible polymers to be bonded in recycling scheme.

A new a double perovskite nanofiber can be used as a highly efficient catalyst for oxygen evolution reactions in energy storage systems.

Scientists have found a way to use a technique called magnetron-sputtering inert-gas condensation to create uniform iron nanocubes.

Understanding how sodium–metal sulfide batteries work.

Water-based, biocompatible ink formulations of two-dimensional materials including graphene, MoS2, WS2, and hexagonal boron nitride.

Transistors based on single semiconducting carbon nanotubes are pushing device performance to the ultimate physical limits.

Strong earthquakes occur independently of each other, while minor shocks cluster together.

Nanostructured scaffold material impregnated with immunosuppressive drugs encourages nerve regrowth in implanted replacement teeth.

Perovskite materials have optoelectronic properties promising for cheap, easy to make LEDs.

Metals with a gradient in grain size show increased overall strength while allowing ductile behavior to take place to avoid catastrophic failure.

Scientists have discovered that "layer-edge-states" are responsible for the high efficiencies seen with 2D layered hybrid perovskites.

Researchers have found a way to greatly reduce the effects of fatigue in steel by incorporating a laminated nanostructure.

Solar-powered carbon dioxide reduction.

Sustainable water splitting without peroxide.

Scientists have combined silicon nanosheets with a polymer to produce a composite material that is UV-resistant and easy to process.

A new technique uses a diamond probe to detect and measure materials that give off weak magnetic signals or have no magnetic field at all.

By combining computational and experimental approaches, scientists have nearly doubled the number of solar fuel materials.

Using several analytical techniques, scientists have studied what happens when sodium ions are inserted into and extracted from an iron sulfide electrode.

Diabetes patients could soon benefit from novel blood glucose sensors made by depositing zinc oxide nanostructures on a stainless steel base.

Cellulose could offer a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently for 3D printing, thanks to a novel 3D printing process.

Space transport to benefit from propulsion systems based on fusion plasma.

Scientists have shown that covering surfaces with nanocones confers anti-fogging properties on them.

Honoring and Promoting a Young researcher active in the fields of Nanofabrication and Nanotechnology for Electronics, MEMS and Life Sciences.

Researchers have found a way to remotely control the order in which a 2D sheet folds itself into a 3D structure using different wavelengths of light.

A portable device for fabricating aligned nanofibers could be used to dress wounds on a battlefield or dress shoppers in customizable fabrics.

Nanocrystalline doped ceramic oxide with zero-energy grain boundaries is as stable as bulk material.

Scientists have shown that DNA can control the assembly of bipyramidal gold nanoparticles into a complex crystal structure known as a clathrate.

Aerosols could hold unique advantages for fabricating CNT layers for thin-film transistors.

The deadline is Monday 13 March 2017.

Sandwiching nanoclusters of magnesium oxide between two slices of graphene produces a material with enhanced optoelectronic properties.

Colloidal spheres can self-assemble into diamond and pyrochlore crystal structures that form the basis for photonic crystals.

A new bioinspired technique can transform silk protein into complex materials that are easily programmable at the nano-, micro- and macro-scales.

The deadline is Monday 13 March 2017.

A new acoustic metamaterial can bend, shape and focus sound waves as they pass through it, potentially transforming medical imaging and personal audio.

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Nano-sized drug depots show a constant rate of release for a model drug over 36 hours.

Materials that mimic the biological and physical properties of heart valve tissue could help repair and regenerate damaged or diseased valves

A new technique uses the photoelectric effect to measure the electronic structures of stacks of two-dimensional materials.

The micro-looping technique used by brown recluse spiders to produce very strong silk could increase the strength of synthetic materials.

Scientists use graphene to reinvent abandoned heat energy converter technology.

The first nonreciprocal mechanical metamaterial can easily transfer motion effortlessly in one direction while blocking it in the other.

Conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height.

A new method for healing low-quality diamond nanocrystals under high-temperature conditions could lead to their use in quantum sensing.

A matrix made of gelatin nanofibers on a synthetic polymer microfiber mesh could provide a better way to culture human stem cells.

A new, thermally-conductive rubber material could represent a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.

New calculations show that ferroelectric materials could process information with multivalued logic, leading to faster, more efficient computing.

A new family of highly stretchable and UV curable elastomers can be stretched by up to 1100%, making them suitable for 3D printing techniques.

Scientists have managed to reverse a material’s Hall coefficient, by fabricating it as a ring mesh structure at a micrometer scale.

A highly porous ceramic foam ink helps control structure of 3D printed materials.

Perovskite that can harvest different types of energy simultaneously.

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