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Materials news, August 2019

Quantum materials could find uses in light-controlled electronic devices

Weyl semimetals could be used to fabricate new photonic devices

Uranium ditelluride is an unusual superconductor at low temperatures, with properties that could make it highly useful for quantum computing.

Volume 95 - 'Biomaterials for Cell Manufacturing and Tissue Biofabrication' has been made free to download for 3 months as of September 1st.

Scientists have come up with a novel protocol for enhancing hexagonal-boron nitride, which is notoriously difficult to modify, with carbon chains.

Engineers have developed the thinnest optical waveguide in the world, comprising a tungsten disulfide monolayer suspended on a silicon frame.

A novel aluminum-based coating for the anode of a lithium-metal battery can both reduce the growth of dendrites and extend the battery's life.

Scientists have developed a novel solution-based method for synthesizing atomically flat oxidized borophene sheets.

Researchers have found a way to use 3D printing to stretch and flatten twisted conjugated polymers so that they conduct electricity better.

Researchers have found a novel mechanism by which some metallic materials can bend, which involves amorphous bands rather than dislocations.

Researchers have developed a new class of detergent-like ionic liquid electrolytes that can store energy more efficiently in supercapacitors.

A thin film of polymer microspheres that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night.

Scientists have created a 2D form of gold that is just two atoms thick, which has a catalytic activity 10 times greater than gold nanoparticles.

By utilizing the quantum confinement effect, scientists have been able to produce perovskite-based LEDs with record-breaking brightness.

A new system comprising a polymer/aluminum film in a solar 'shelter' can help cool buildings in crowded cities without consuming electricity.

Researchers have discovered that the electrical properties of quantum materials known as Weyl semimetals can be controlled with light.

Researchers have found a way to forecast likely points of failure in 2D disordered lattices without needing to study detailed states of the material.

Biocomposite packs a punch for mantis shrimp

Using the first-principle phase field method, researchers have been able to rapidly and accurately predict the microstructure of nickel-aluminum alloys.

In the presence of a moiré pattern, electrons in graphene organize themselves into stripes, providing a link with superconductors.

Multi-centre analysis pinpoints source of radiactive material leak

Sulfonated, charged multiblock thermoplastic elastomers as self-sterilizing materials.

Using a helium-ion microscope, researchers have created the world's densest nano arrays for anchoring magnetic fluxons in superconductors.

Only about five phases have been discovered in the simplest block copolymers, but researchers have now found a new one.

Computing enthalpy and entropy for silver materials

Treating perovskite solar cells with benzylamine to remove defects actually results in the formation of 2D material on the surface of the 3D crystal.

Scientists have shown that thin films of rust, or iron oxide, can generate electricity when saltwater flows over them.

Segregated sections of ‘zigzag’ and ‘armchair’ facets on carbon nanotubes growing from a solid catalyst are more stable than a circular arrangement.

Graphene membranes covered in polymeric chains are better at capturing carbon dioxide than previous high-performance membranes.

By combining thin organic layers with thick layers of hybrid perovskite, researchers have developed micrometer-thick organic light-emitting diodes.

Scientists studying a ‘stripe-ordered’ cuprate superconductor discovered an unusual metallic state when trying switch off its superconductivity.

direct laser writing approach can print such shape-changing 3D polymer micromachines in a single step

Flexible sensor array mimics some of the tactile properties of human skin

Mimicking mussel materials

With the help of a novel insulator made of calcium fluoride, scientists have created an ultra-thin transistor with excellent electrical properties.

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