Materials news, November 2017

Strong regenerated silk fiber with biomedical applications.

Pulp fact: smart paper detects water leaks

Pulp fact: smart paper detects water leaks.

Whispering gallery mode optical resonators for sensors.

Learning from sea creature spicules how to make cool glassy structures.

Self-healing composite has good mechanical properties and can be produced by conventional processing tools.

Overcoming the technical challenges of achieving extreme fast charging for electric vehicles.

Composite materials built from monolayers of graphene and a transition metal dichalcogenide can achieve fine electrical control over the spin of electrons.

Scientists have discovered that the shape and repetitive organization of the building blocks in a metamaterial determine how it interacts with light.

Oxygen-containing chemical species with biocidal properties are an alternative to conventional antibiotics, which are susceptible to resistance.

Synthetic microspheres with nanoscale holes that can absorb light at many frequencies have helped to reveal how leaf hoppers hide from predators.

By taking advantage of electrostatic charge, scientists have induced synthetic polymers to self-assemble in a defined sequence, just like proteins.

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3D piezoelectric fibrous scaffold stimulate stem cell differentiation and tissue formation.

New elastomers at a stretch thanks to inspiration from nature.

Surface reflections from glass surfaces can be reduced to nearly zero by etching tiny nanoscale features into them.

Scientists report major progress in developing a new type of lithium-ion battery that utilizes cathodes made with so-called ‘disordered’ materials.

Nanoscale patterns in metals known as nanotwins can stabilize defects associated with repetitive strain and limit the build-up of fatigue-related damage.

Researchers have developed a new technique for creating novel nanoporous materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic and catalytic properties.

A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies.

Manipulating the joints between the nanotubes and graphene sheets in pillared graphene has a significant impact on the material's ability to direct heat.

Cathodes for lithium-ion batteries that contain point defects allow more efficient exchange of lithium ions between the cathode and electrolyte.

Inspired by the polymeric threads used by marine mussels, scientists have developed an elastomeric polymer that is both flexible and strong.

Scientists have used cryo-electron microscopy to capture the first atomic-level images of the crystalline dendrites that can grow in batteries.

Scientists have discovered that, contrary to expectations, a material's crystal grains can sometimes slide along a coherent twin boundary.

Researchers have created a honeycomb material capable of frustrating the magnetic properties within it to produce a ‘quantum spin liquid’.

Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas work as well as copper antennas but are 20 times lighter.

Luminescent nanoprobe enables noninvasive, real-time imaging of inflammation-associated diseases.

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Treating a perovoskite catalyst with heat or chemicals causes different atoms to segregate on the surface and catalyse different reactions.

For the first time, researchers have developed a way to create atomically thin metal oxide layers that don't exist naturally.

Microchip improves our understanding of the process of extracting hydrogen from water.

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Scientists have determined what kind of carbon nanotubes produce the best fibers and developed a novel method for purifying them.

Lateral heterojunctions between 2D semiconducting monolayers produce more efficient solar cells than vertical stacks.

Harvesting energy from body heat to drive wearable thermoelectric generators.

A new microscopy method can measure the behavior and properties of electrons flowing across the surface of topological insulators.

A metal-organic framework that can conduct electricity could offer an efficient means of storing renewable energy.

Novel nanocomposite harnesses water flow and sunlight to break up organic pollutants.

Doping 2D materials with other elements can not only alter their mechanical and electrical properties, but can also make them magnetic.

Researchers have found a way to reversibly change the atomic structure of a two-dimensional material by injecting electrons.

Elastic surgical adhesive developed.

Liquid ice, ordered glasses and other amorphous paradoxes.

Prototype photodetector with double the efficiency of standard models.

How cephalopods control their texture influences new stretchable material.

A self-formed, flexible, hybrid solid-electrolyte interphase layer solves many of the problems that currently bedevil lithium-sulfur batteries.

Inspired by the octopus, engineers have developed polymer-based stretchable surfaces with programmable 3D texture morphing.

Extracting hydrogen from seawater without corrosion.

3D nanoelectronic system made up of stacked layers of carbon nanotube transistors and random-access memory cells could improve computational devices.

Fluorine transforms the two-dimensional, ceramic insulator hexagonal boron nitride into a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties.

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