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Materials news, April 2017

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New material offers simple way to detect chemical and radioactive contamination

The specific colors emitted when a chemical binds with a new crystalline material can be used to determine the identity of the chemical.

Chinese researchers believe they’ve gotten a step closer to producing all-weather photovoltaics by integrating phosphors into solar cells.

Elsevier Editors claimed awards at Society for Biomaterials 2017 Annual Meeting.

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Using block copolymers on chemically-patterned templates, scientists have developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires.

Meta material for cooling without the energy input.

Advances in polymerization have enabled their use in cosmetics, drugs, biomedical devices, paints, coatings, adhesives, and microelectronics

Scientists have produced the first fully-functional microprocessor logic devices built from few-atom-thick layered materials.

New research suggests that transition metal dichalcogenides could realize topological superconductivity and provide a platform for quantum computing.

Stem cells can be turned into Schwann-like cells by growing them on printed, multi-layer graphene circuits and treating them with electricity.

Scientists have succeeded in coupling together the specific defects in two separate diamonds, which could lead to novel quantum technology.

Scientists have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of the layered materials graphene, tungsten diselenide and boron nitride.

Gray tin exhibits a novel electronic phase when its crystal structure is strained, making it one of the few examples of a topological Dirac semi-metal.

Crystalline clathrates templated with DNA.

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Iron complex shows iron-involved photoluminescence.

Sustainable seaweed for supercapacitors.

Using polymer strands that contain a liquid metal alloy, scientists have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers.

A new method can select semiconducting carbon nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

A new self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts.

Scientists have found a way to make graphene with fewer wrinkles, and to iron out those wrinkles that do still appear.

Tuned graphene nanoribbons take a seat.

Injecting charge carriers can promote a chemical reaction that converts a polymer precursor into a graphene nanoribbon.

A group of Canadian researchers have investigated the optimal design for lightweight armour, using 3D printing and mechanical testing.

‘Fuzzy fibers’ of silicon carbide that act like Velcro can strengthen the composites used in advanced rocket engines.

An international consortium are using the world’s most popular soft drink to produce a host of carbon-based storage materials.

Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes are more effective at cleaning up contaminated water than conventional materials like silica gel.

Gold nanoparticles have helped to reveal how to improve the light-harvesting abilities of a silver nanocatalytic material.

A new computational method can map how molecules assemble and crystallize to form novel materials.

A novel carbon nanotube-based electrocatalyst uses just one hundredth of the amount of platinum generally used in electrocatalysts.

A new form of gallium(II) selenide with a boat-like conformation has a semiconducting band gap that could make it useful in electronic devices.

The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver ever made could find use in touchscreens, optical computing and metamaterial superlenses.

For work exploring boron doped diamond as a pH and chlorine sensor for water safety.

Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals exhibit unexpected characteristics that could be harnessed for use in sensors.

A new self-assembly technique using block copolymers can produce some of the narrowest wires yet for use on computer chips.

A new way to make glass bend and flex could allow for the development of lab-on-a-chip devices that work at the nanoscale.

Subtle adjustments in the manufacture of a polymer-based carbon sorbent can optimize either carbon capture or methane flow.

When heated to about 450°C, two-dimensional molybdenum ditelluride 'stripes' unexpectedly turn into one-dimensional 'stars'.

Scientists have shown that films of carbon nanotubes can improve the long term stability of perovskite solar cells.

Cutting edge research at the interface between physics and materials science.

Scientists have developed a one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores.

Wide-reaching analysis finds more women in research but physical sciences are lagging behind.

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Renewable energy realized through new metal oxides using high-throughput computation and experiment

Nanoparticles can be arranged into defined patterns in ultrathin polymer films using entropy rather than chemistry.

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