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Materials news, May 2019

A nanocomposite that combines polymer nanofibers and boron nitride nanosheets could make a superior dielectric material for flexible electronics.

penguin feathers and polar bear fur hold the key for designing effective thermal insulating materials

Inks made from 2D materials like graphene can be coated onto a polyester fabric in a simple dyeing process to produce electronic components.

Chinese researchers offer a simple route to bandgap engineering

hierarchical structure of horse's hoof inspires energy-absorbing, impact-resistant materials

Cardiac patch that can be placed directly onto the heart for treatment of heart disease

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can accurately predict the mechanical properties of metal organic frameworks.

researchers have developed an alternative to plastic in the form of a recyclable composite made from graphite and cellulose extracted from wood pulp

quasiparticles detected experimentally for the first time

A novel coating can promote droplet formation and shedding in low-surface-tension fluids, thereby improving heat transfer.

A new polymer coating for battery cathodes can improve the electronic and ionic conductivity of a battery while also improving its safety.

A novel a bowl-shaped electrode catalyst with 'hot edges' can efficiently convert carbon dioxide into carbon-based fuels and chemicals.

Scientists have discovered that applying strain to 2D materials such as doped-graphene could increase their critical superconducting temperature.

A novel foam made primarily from cellulose nanocrystals works better than Styrofoam for insulation.

Scientists have discovered a new layered ferromagnetic semiconductor, a material that could find use in next-generation electronic technologies.

The four-month accelerator, offering $50,000 in funding, is now accepting applications - apply before 30th May

Studying mayonnaise when it spins can help characterize the interface between an elastic-plastic material and a light material under acceleration.

Researchers are replacing trial and error with computational methods to more readily reveal promising new compositions

A glue extracted from mussels and bio-active peptide molecules can help repair damaged nerves

A novel nano-container can take up hydrophobic compounds of various sizes and shapes in water and then release them in response to light.

Scientists have used extremely high pressures and temperatures to dope nanodiamonds with elements such as silicon and argon.

Scientists have developed a next-generation plastic that can be recycled again and again into new materials of any color, shape or form.

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By making an ultra-pure version of boron nitride, researchers have been able to provide the first measurements of its predicted high thermal conductivity.

‘Lifelike’ material with artificial metabolism made from DNA

Gold builds impossible biocages

Using supercomputers, researchers are identifying the best combination of cobalt oxides and transition metals for converting heat to electricity.

3D bioprinting of entangled artificial organs

Hydrogen binds to 2D, all-carbon graphene quicker than predicted

A biodegradable implant encourages the natural repair of broken bones using heat

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Inspired by the skin of cephalopods such as squid, engineers have developed a new composite material that can trap or release heat as desired.

A new algorithm that can accurately predict the mechanical behavior of glass at different temperatures could aid the discovery of new materials.

Researchers have developed a new protective layer for carbon nanotubes that can protect them from environmental contamination.

By finding a way to untangle polymer chains, researchers have managed to produce thin polymer films that can conduct heat.

Researchers have shown that water in pores can slow the motion of charges in organic semiconductors and found a way to prevent this happening.

A new study proposes that single photons can interact with each other on graphene surfaces, suggesting new designs for optical quantum computers.

Canadian researchers say that their device could find multiple uses in snowy environments

Polymer foam offers potential route to practical solar desalination

Novel spray-on polymer coatings cause ice to fall away from large surfaces with just the force of a light breeze, or often the weight of the ice itself.

Researchers have calculated that applying an oscillating voltage should cause the electrons in graphene to flow like a liquid.

In Cooper pair insulators, pairs of electrons are held in check by repulsive interactions between them, not by any disorder in the atomic lattice.

Liquid-impregnated surfaces that comprise a specially textured surface and a liquid lubricant can help thicker materials to slide without sticking.

one-pot synthesis produces Au nanoparticles with porous shells of tiny CeO2 nanoparticles of varying thickness for catalysis and plasmonics

Genomics and protein properties of bagworm silk for biomimetics

Repeatedly stretching hydrogels in a water bath aligns their nanofibers, producing a strong, soft and hydrated material that resists breakdown or fatigue.

Bioglass nanoparticles containing strontium ions stimulate human-derived stem cells to differentiate into bone-forming cells

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