Materials news, December 2017

A novel leaf-shaped catalyst made from molybdenum disulfide could replace expensive platinum catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells.

Scientists have developed a way to integrate transparent conducting metal oxide contacts with 2D semiconductors to produce see-through electronic devices.

A novel model derived from more than 400 computer simulations of natural composite materials can help scientists develop synthetic versions.

Researchers have created tiny electronic ‘graphene tweezers’ that can grab biomolecules and nanoparticles floating in water with incredible efficiency.

With 3D printing, researchers have created a metamaterial from cubic building blocks that rotates about its axis in response to compression forces.

A novel measurement technique called Scanning Droplet Adhesion Microscopy can characterize the wetting properties of superhydrophobic materials.

Scientists have discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, which could find use as a solid electrolyte in magnesium-ion batteries.

For the first time, scientists have observed ion migration within hybrid perovskite crystals and related that to declines in its light-absorbing ability.

A novel method for synthesizing nanoparticles of europium(II) oxide is allowing scientists to study the properties of this ferromagnetic semiconductor.

The new scopes increase the differentiation between these excellent sister polymer science titles and take effect from 1 January 2018.

Scientists have disentangled the intriguing dynamics of how electron stripes melt and form on quantum materials.

By studying an unprecedented range of disordered solids, scientists have defined a parameter called 'softness’ that can predict the location of defects.

A novel. high-quality magnetoelectric material is allowing scientists to study cross-coupling between electric and magnetic properties.

Researchers have succeeded in growing semiconducting graphene nanoribbons with a regular armchair edge and incorporating them into nanotransistors.

Researchers have managed to control the fluorescence emitted by carbon nanotubes by attaching hexagonal carbon molecules to them.

A prototype of a sodium battery with a solid electrolyte is safer and can store more energy than a lithium-ion battery.

Scientists have developed a technique for combining carbon nanotubes with ceramics and polymers to form novel composite materials.

A new, cost-effective catalyst made from nickel, tine and ceria can convert carbon dioxide and methane directly into synthesis gas.

Borophene could be the first pure two-dimensional material able to emit visible and near-infrared light by activating its plasmons.

Physicists have tested which films containing different combinations of magnetic nanostructures can generate spin currents most effectively from heat.

Scientists have discovered why the two best methods for probing the electronic states of topological insulators produce different results.

Researchers have created the material for a chemical heat 'battery' that can release its energy on demand.

A novel epitaxy method that incorporates van der Waals’ forces is able to grow thin films of the semiconductor germanium on mica.

A novel material synthesis method uses a stream of protons to shoot ions from a source material into a host material.

The optical and photocatalytic properties of carbon dots can be precisely tuned by controlling the positions of nitrogen atoms in their structure.

Smart textiles and wearable electronics benefit from graphene.

Conductor gives delicate control over electron spin.

Graphene’s unique properties makes it a potential candidate for transparent, stretchable electronics in displays, wearable health monitors, or soft robots.

Why don’t tree frogs slip off wet leaves? The answer lies in their sticky toe pads, which are made up of a mixture of hard and soft materials.

Pre-treatment process controls the chirality of SWNTs by tuning the degree of oxidation of the Co catalyst during growth.

Simple solution could radically broaden the range of metal alloys that can be produced by additive manufacturing.

For the first time, researchers have discovered the existence of a disordered electron spin state, known as a frustrated magnetic state, in a metal.

Atomically precise heterojunctions in graphene nanoribbons could enable the design of a new generation of more efficient and powerful nanoelectronics

An updated version of infrared imaging has proved ideal for studying and and optimizing metal-organic frameworks.

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