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Materials news, August 2017

The first issue of Materials Letters was published in June 1982, and so this issue marks the completion of 35 years of the journal.

Computational modelling with a supercomputer has revealed how different solidification speeds alter the microstructure of a novel alloy.

Using electron microscopy, scientists have discovered that silica nanoparticles form quasicrystals as they grow and evolve.

By interpenetrating two polymers, scientists have developed a novel supercapacitor that is flexible and can store a lot of charge very quickly.

By incorporating reversible bonds, scientists have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

Detailed tests have helped to reveal why one promising material added to the electrolyte of lithium-air batteries doesn't work as well as expected.

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Scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide.

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European team tunes LEDs.

Color-shifting electronic skin for wearables, prosthetics.

Bioactive origami with "tissue" paper.

Hybrid photoactive materials with more stable and more rigid dyes obtained.

Simultaneous design and nanomanufacturing speeds up fabrication.

Microbot origami helps tiny devices move and capture cells.

Dr. Sebastian Groh named winner of the inaugural Renewable Transformation Challenge.

Scientists have used machine learning to gain insight into the physical structures associated with specific properties of metals and alloys.

A novel process can convert carbon dioxide into 3D graphene with micropores across its surface, which could make an ideal supercapacitor material.

Scientists have simultaneously designed an optimal material for light management in solar cells and fabricated the nanostructured surfaces.

Scientists have developed various hybrid, photoactive materials that respond in different ways when exposed to excitation light.

Understanding the design principles of dragonfly wings could help improve the design of artificial wings on micro-air vehicles.

Expanding and straightening the molecular chains in plastics makes it easier for heat to pass through them.

A new material made from the biomolecule chitin and a copper metal-organic framework can inhibit the formation of bacterial biofilms.

A composite of a polymer and a 2D material can store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers.

Scientists have used a laser to turn the surface of pine wood into a form of graphene, potentially offering a way to produce biodegradable electronics.

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity.

For the first time, scientists have observed the formation of a crystal gel with particle-level resolution.

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Scientists have made the first observation of nanocrystals rapidly forming superlattices while they are themselves still growing.

Scientists have predicted and created new 2D electrocatalysts able to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost.

Defects in the structure of topological insulators can cause electron transport to occur in the bulk rather than just at the surface.

Using chemical coatings that react with light, scientists have developed a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials.

Naturally occurring fatty acids that cover insect wings can be used to form ‘mechanobactericidal’ coating.

A new super-strong ‘tough adhesive’ is biocompatible and binds firmly to biological tissues even when they're wet.

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A novel light-activated material can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted by-products.

The granules in copper can never fit together perfectly and so are forced to rotate, causing an unexpected level of surface roughness.

The symmetry-breaking flow of electrons through cuprate superconductors may be linked to their ability to work at comparatively high temperatures.

Monolayer 2D transition metal dichalcogenides undergo a phase change from semiconductor to metallic when exposed to airborne chemicals.

Using 'click chemistry', scientists have developed an efficient way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production.

Using a novel method, scientists have design a material that conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity.

Researchers have significantly increased the temperature at which carbon-based materials can act as superconductors.

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Under certain conditions, the magnetic properties of a material can predict the relationship between its elasticity and temperature.

Scientists have used a molecular pulley binder to create high-capacity silicon anodes for use in lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers have developed supramolecular materials that spontaneously assemble themselves and then disintegrate after use.

By combining tools from chemistry, mathematics, physics and materials science, researchers have found a way to identify novel topological insulators.

Studies of the connection between viscosity and atomic interactions have revealed that glass transition starts at higher temperatures than thought.

Scientists have developed a way to coat a hydrogel onto elastomer-based medical devices to provide a softer, more slippery exterior.

Quality control tool for MoS2 promises improved 2D material for next generation electronics and optoelectronics.

Nanofibrous, conductive polymer structure mimics the properties of natural extracellular matrix to support regeneration of heart tissue.

Reducing oxygen in some nanocrystalline alloys may improve their strength and durability at elevated temperatures.

By taking advantage of strontium copper borate, scientists have shown experimentally a quantum phase transition for the first time.

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