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Materials news, July 2018

Lithium-calcium-silicate bioceramic hat could be a promising biomaterial for reconstructing defects and damage at the cartilage-osteochondral interface.

Shock of the new neodymium-doped alumina crystals

By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers have developed a new laser material that can emit ultra-short, high-power pulses.

Scientists have used a photoconductive atomic force microscope to better understand the nanoscale properties of artificial photosynthesis materials.

A novel polymer material can change its structure in response to light, converting from a rigid substance to a softer one that can heal itself.

For the first time, chemical engineers have developed a large-area graphene membrane that can separate gas mixtures with a high-efficiency.

By examining general grain boundaries, engineers have shed new light on the mechanisms behind sulfur embrittlement of nickel.

Unlike with graphene, the boundaries between different structural phases of borophene, a 2D form of boron, retain the material's metallic nature.

By stabilizing aggressive electrodes with a highly-fluorinated electrolyte, researchers have been able to increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries.

Nearly a third of the reaction products generated during fission of U235 in light-water reactors are unwanted gases.

Nanoclusters made from boron and lanthanide elements form highly stable and symmetric structures with interesting magnetic properties.

Longer-lasting human skin equivalent alternative based on silk-collagen composite.

Researchers have developed a way to fabricate soft, porous materials via the self-assembly of metal-organic polyhedra made of rhodium atoms.

Synthetic biopolymers from egg white albumen.

Biogenic solar cells that work effectively on cloudy days

Microfluidics compresses cells to gain entry.

Custom-built parylene deposition system for a field-effect transistor.

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Professor Cyrille Boyer was awarded two awards at MACRO2018 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of polymer science.

A graphene coating can control water evaporation by suppressing the rate on hydrophilic surfaces and accelerating it on hydrophobic ones.

Star-shaped gold nanoparticles coated with titanium dioxide can harness visible and infrared light to generate hydrogen from water.

Connecting a graphene layer with two other atomic layers can extend the lifetime of excited electrons in graphene by several hundred times.

Researchers have found that a novel hybrid improper ferroelectric possesses ferroelectric, magnetoelectric and optical properties.

Using nanowires of a molybdenum-germanium alloy, scientists have been able to explore the transition from a superconducting to a normal metal state.

A new microscopy technique can track microstructural changes in materials in real time as they are exposed to extreme heat and stress.

Researchers have been able to store and transmit bits of quantum information using a diamond containing specially-designed silicon vacancies.

By using an ion beam to twist and bend a nanometer-thick layer of metal, scientists have created nanodevices for manipulating light.

By mixing and matching different materials, researchers have created a window coating that can prevent excessive heating and generate electricity.

Researchers have succeeded in producing crystals of a semiconducting material called boron arsenide with an extremely high thermal conductivity.

Researchers have discovered that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions relax at two different rates after processing.

Altering the composition of a layered halide material allows researchers to vary its magnetization continuously between in-plane and out-of-plane.

Researchers have used a novel cold sintering process to produce, for the first time, a composite made from a ceramic and the 2D material MXene.

Using a novel coating process, scientists have been able to develop a highly effective water-repellent coating based on a short-chain polymer.

Researchers have discovered that, under lateral compression, graphene forms sharp, saw-tooth kinks with interesting electrical properties.

Using a high-speed electron camera, researchers have recorded the most detailed atomic movie of gold melting after being blasted by laser light.

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Researchers at the frontiers of nanotechnology—the fabrication of tiny functional materials—are looking at communication.

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By infusing a magnetic fluid in a micro-structured solid substrate, researchers have created a dynamic surface with reconfigurable topography.

A new porous carbon material designed at the molecular level shows great potential for use as the anode in lithium-ion batteries.

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