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Materials news, June 2017

Biomedical engineers have created a lab-grown tissue with similar properties to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch.

Oxygen atoms embedded very near the surface of a copper catalyst play a central role in converting carbon dioxide and water into ethanol.

Controlling the dynamics of moisture responsive wrinkles.

Perovskites for semi-transparent solar panels and windows.

Modern miracle materials for opto-electronics.

Scientists have developed a novel form of glassy carbon that is a ultrastrong, lightweight, elastic and electrically conductive.

An amino acid found in the sticky feet of mussels can make synthetic peptide nanofibers line up into strong hydrogel strings.

Open source software developed for solubility prediction.

A new microporous material made from crosslinked organic molecules can scrub radioactive iodine from water.

Researchers have discovered a technique for electrically manipulating light via atomically-thin semiconductors.

Mimic nacre toughens up polymer nanocomposites.

Scientists have discovered that a single-atom-thick layer of chromium triiodide displays intrinsic magnetism.

By controlling how nanoparticles self-assemble at three different length scales, scientists have produced a tough and strong polymer nanocomposite.

Computer simulations have revealed how a new electrocatalyst comprising nickel nano-islands on platinum can be both active and stable.

Materials scientists have resurrected and improved an online cookbook of crystalline structures.

A combination of C60, graphene and hexagonal boron nitride has similar properties to silicon but better chemical stability, lightness and flexibility.

A new spectroscopy method can monitor the effects of radiation on materials in real time, including changes in thermal and mechanical properties.

A new method based on a superconductor and a microwave resonator can characterize the electronic properties of graphene.

A new type of alumina-based inorganic nanocomposite can protect perovskite quantum dots against air, sunlight, heat and water.

Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have a couple of properties that could make them a promising material for spintronics.

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Using uranium atoms and organic linkers, scientists have built the lowest-density metal-organic framework ever made.

High pressure could be the key to making high-entropy alloys made of common metals with a so-called hexagonal close-packed structure.

The efficiency of a perovskite solar cell with water-repelling layers increases when it self-organizes to stand on edge.

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A new nanocatalyst made from an alloy of platinum and yttrium can greatly reduce the amount of platinum required in fuel cells.

By applying hydrocarbon molecules with two different magnetic centers to a gold surface, scientists have produced the first 2D ferrimagnet.

In an unexpected finding, scientists have discovered that the atomic disorder seen in irradiated materials is different to that seen in glass.

an engineered polymer nanoparticle can switch off the signal that drives the growth of blood vessels in biological tissue

Electrodes consisting of nanoparticles tethered to the surface of a charge collector using short organic conductors could revolutionize energy storage.

Complex three-dimensional Meccano-like constructions can be built from nanoparticles via a condensation process.

Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is a natural material with hard and soft components that attains high stiffness, strength, and fracture toughness.

Graphene oxide can crosslink and reinforce rubber in a single easy step to improve mechanical properties.

Gleb Yushin has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards.

An anode made of graphene and carbon nanotubes can prevent the formation of dendrites in lithium-metal batteries.

Scientists have have created self-assembling molecules that can be broken down by ultraviolet light to recombine into novel macroscopic shapes.

A material comprising titanium oxide molecules on a porous spherical surface can improve the efficiency of sulphur-based cathodes.

An enzyme called TdT can be used to build synthetic biomaterials that could find use in applications ranging from drug delivery to nanowires.

Oxide materials that can both bend and 'breathe' in high temperatures.

Adding different gases to a novel way for making graphene can make the material superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic.

A novel silicon nanoparticle composite material for battery anodes could lead to more reliable and longer-lasting batteries.

Understanding the behavior of metal nanoparticles when undergoing oxidation.

Shedding light on a soft synthetic retina.

Transparent thin film oxide semiconductor material has highest recorded conductivity for its class.

Compacting Martian soil simulant to measure feasibility of brick-making on the Red Planet.

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