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Materials news, May 2017

Extraordinary properties of the semiconductor strontium niobate could potentially lead to novel electronic devices and photocatalytic materials.

A newly-developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length.

After more than 60 years of trying, scientists have reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt.

Surprising discoveries about the normal metallic state of a ruthenate superconductor could reveal novel information about its superconducting state.

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Filling the iodide defects to stabilize perovskites

Scientists have expanded the range of functional temperatures for ferroelectrics by creating the first-ever polarization gradient in a thin film.

Oxide materials that expand and contract in response to applied electric charge could produce actuators that work in extremely hot environments.

Scientists have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets that can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates.

A new design strategy provides a highly general framework that can be applied to the self-assembly of crystalline or fluid materials.

A new nano-scale thin film material not only boasts high conductivity but also has a wide bandgap, making it optically transparent.

ptychographic X-ray computed tomography uses X-rays instead of light or electrons to examine samples non-destructively

graphene oxide membranes could offer a simple means of filtering out unwanted salts and impurities from drinking water

By heating ethene in stages on a rhodium catalyst substrate, scientists have managed to convert it to layers of graphene.

Scientists have developed a fast, non-destructive optical method for analyzing defects in 2D materials

Using non-ionic polymer nanoparticles that shine different colors depending on their size, scientists have developed a coating process for coloring metals.

Two new discoveries provide a way to ‘stencil’ 2D materials in precise locations and overcome a barrier to their use in next-generation electronics.

Scientists have succeeded in making the first chiral molecular sieves for distinguishing left- and right-handed versions of molecules.

Incorporating atomically-thin layers of water into tungsten oxide allows it to store and deliver energy much more quickly and efficiently.

Using an electron beam, scientists have patterned thin polymer films with individual features as small as 1nm separated by just 11nm.

A new spectral technique using terahertz waves can detect the early stages of corrosion on steel rebars directly through concrete.

A novel artificial solid-electrolyte interphase made from an ionic polymer can help prevent capacity fade in lithium-oxygen batteries.

Using a novel analytical method, scientists have discovered that a 2D crystal of chromium germanium telluride possesses intrinsic ferromagnetism.

Using an an atomic-scale 'color center' found only in diamonds, scientists have become the first to image how electrons move in graphene.

Researchers have found a simple way to reduce the number of loops in a polymer network and thus strengthen materials made from polymers.

By incorporating photo-harvesting dye molecules into a cathode, scientists have gone some way to producing a light-charged battery.

There will be four awards of $2,000 each for Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia.

A new screening process offers a quick and easy way to identify novel OLED materials with superior luminescence and charge-transport properties.

A novel fabrication process can produce carbon nanotube textiles with high electrical conductivity and a high level of toughness.

A new model can account for irregularities in how atoms in materials such as metals arrange themselves at so-called ‘grain boundaries’.

Scientists have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal, which could lead to advances in spintronics and quantum computing.

A low-cost chemical process can transform waste glass bottles into nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

A new sensor molecule can repeatedly brighten when the material it is incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress.

Scientists have used graphene to transfer intricate crystalline patterns from an underlying semiconductor wafer to a top layer of identical material.

Applying a coating of methyl viologen to lithium metal anodes can stabilize battery performance and eliminate dendrite growth.

Using simplified proteins known as peptoids, scientists have discovered that a minor change in structure can alter the crystallization pathway.

Molecular crystal lattice made up of fullerene molecules called fullerite has outstanding stiffness and hardness.

Scientists have successfully synthesized two new magnetic materials predicted by high-throughput computational models.

Mimicking the vein structure in leaves helps produce material that improves lifetime of batteries.

Mobile sensor that detects specific wavelengths of electromagnetic energy.

Ultrathin superconducting film from woven nanowires.

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