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Materials news, September 2017

Using a novel quantum sensor, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material.

Scientists have discovered that stable glasses can possess optical properties such as birefringence that are usually only found in ordered materials.

Glassy carbon is lightweight, ultrastrong, very hard, elastic, and electrically conductive and is ideal for military armor and aerospace applications.

Silica nanopowder in a polymeric matrix makes fused silica glass amenable to modern 3D-printing methods.

Nanostructured graphene-niobia composite provides a framework for electron transport and tunable pores for the rapid movement of ions.

Self-assembling nanoparticle arrays that change between a mirror and a window.

Graphene and quantum dots combined with CMOS integrated circuits create a broadband image sensor that works as a digital camera.

Dual-targeting nanoparticles simultaneously block immune-inhibitory molecules and activate immune-stimulating molecules.

Researchers have discovered that the thermal properties of a surface influence whether droplets stick to them or bounce off.

By controlling the distance between nanoparticles in a single layer, researchers have made a filter that can change between reflecting and transparent.

By sprinkling copper atoms atop a gold surface, scientists have developed a novel material for creating synthesis gas from carbon dioxide and water.

Researchers have uncovered the role of oxygen in 2D molybdenum disulfide and developed a novel technique for tuning its optical band gaps.

A single study has found that graphene displays superlubricity and that hexagonal boron nitride is as strong as diamond but lighter and more flexible.

Using a compound derived from seaweed, engineers have developed a technique for making 3D-printed biomaterials that can degrade on demand.

Cheap bundles of fibres could be used to clear up oil spills in the future.

Researchers have developed the first 4.0 volt lithium-ion battery able to use a water-salt solution as its electrolyte.

Defects in the molecular structure of perovskite solar cells can be ‘healed’ by exposing them to light, oxygen and just the right amount of humidity.

Researchers have found another reason why semiconductors lose their ability to carry a charge as they become more densely ‘doped’.

By altering the proportion of the ingredients in a lithium-based material, scientists have found a good candidate for a solid-state electrolyte.

Molybdenum disulfide as nano-actuator material.

The 2016 Frans Habraken Best Paper Award winner has been announced.

Insect eyes inspire solar converters.

Modern diesel beats gasoline on cold-start pollution.

Scientists have shown that repeated cycles of heating and cooling offer a cheap way to produce single-crystal metals.

Windows coated with thermochromic vanadium dioxide nanoparticles can let heat in during winter and keep it out in summer.

Scientists have developed new materials for splitting water to create hydrogen and splitting carbon dioxide to create carbon monoxide.

Scientists have quadrupled the capacity of the anode in lithium-ion batteries by simply replacing graphite with silicon.

By sandwiching rare earth metals between layers of graphene, scientists have been able to control its band gap.

Scientists have developed a way to convert fallen leaves into a porous carbon material for use as a supercapacitor electrode.

Fernando Torres recipient of 2017 Embracing Challenge award

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Materials Characterization and HardwareX are teaming up to showcase research that is undertaken using hardware designed by scientists.

A novel way to measure the band gap of the 2D material molybdenum disulfide has revealed the link between its electronic and optical properties.

Using nanorods and metal coatings, scientists have developed a new way of controlling the domain structure of ferroelectric materials.

New journal from Elsevier and Cell Press.

Adding nanodiamonds to the electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries can help prevent the formation of short-circuiting dendrites.

Expanding the pores in a titanium disulfide cathode drastically increases the storage capacity of magnesium batteries.

Scientists have detected a rare state of matter known as ‘electronic nematic’, in which electrons in a superconducting crystal organize collectively.

Novel yarns made from carbon nanotubes can generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted.

Scientists have discovered the mechanism that causes cracks to behave strangely when they spread very rapidly in brittle materials.

Carbonated water offers a greener way to remove graphene produced by chemical vapor deposition from metal substrates.

The EPJ Editor picked up an award at ACS Fall.

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