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Materials news, December 2019

A study into the synthesis of cathode materials for high-energy lithium-ion batteries has unexpectedly revealed why these materials degrade during use.

A new magnetic shape-memory polymer can be transformed into a variety of different shapes with magnetic fields and then be locked into place.

Defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium-ion battery cathodes can speed up the rate of charge and discharge by forcing lithium ions to take detours.

By taking advantage of polarons and plasmons, researchers have been able to develop optical nanoantennas from a conducting polymer.

Bonding sensitive rubber to electronic components

Making a diamond-like material from bilayer graphene

Using a novel detwinning technique, researchers have been able to produce a map of the electronic states in the superconductor iron selenide.

Using an electron microscope, researchers have, for the first time, seen atomic scale defects that dictate the properties of a promising semiconductor.

A novel design strategy for identifying new materials exhibiting a metal-insulator transition has led to the discovery of molybdenum oxynitride.

Researchers have developed a new copper-titanium alloy for 3D printing that is much less prone to cracking or distortion than other titanium alloys.

A new model has revealed how tiny tweaks to the molecular shapes in non-fullerene acceptors can improve the performance of organic solar cells.

Robotic high throughput polymer generation

A synthetic actuator made from thermo-responsive liquid crystal polymer networks and a coat of dye can learn to bend and walk in response to light.

Lab-grown mini-tumours with a network of functioning blood vessels will assist understanding of cancer and drug testing

drug-loaded silica nanoparticles target the blood vessels that supply tumors with oxygen and nutrients to ‘starve’ cancer cells

By studying the normal state of cuprate superconductors, researchers have discovered an abrupt shift in the behavior of electrons with increased doping.

A new Raman spectroscopy technique can assess the chemical composition and structure of metallic particles with a diameter of just 0.5nm to 2nm.

This year JALCOM celebrates it’s 60 anniversary with a special issue.

Researchers test a sampling of synthetic, biocompatible hydrogels to see how tuning them influences the body’s inflammatory response.

chemical compounds based on thorium and hydrogen conduct electricity without resistance at relatively high temperatures

A 1% bend in an organic semiconductor based on single crystals of the hydrocarbon rubrene can roughly double the speed of electrons flowing through it.

Hybrid silicon-organic for next-generation quantum computers, energy conversion

A new ion-transport membrane technology based on microporous polymers could reduce the cost of storing energy and purifying water.

By encapsulating perovskite nanocrystals in both silica and plastic hairs, researchers have enhanced their ability to withstand moisture.

Using an electron microscope, researchers have unlocked the fundamental physics of how roughness affects soft material adhesion to a surface.

Researchers have developed a new way both to find topological Weyl semimetals and to manipulate them for potential spintronic devices.

Using 3D printing technology, scientists have developed an efficient elastocaloric cooling material made from a nickel-titanium alloy,

Cobalt-doped molybdenum disulfide grown on a carbon cloth makes an effective catalyst for converting dinitrogen into ammonia.

By placing silver nanocubes on a thin layer of gold above a pyroelectric material, researchers have created a new multispectral photodetector.

Build a better biomimetic bone

Depositing an organic polymer as highly aligned crystals produces a transparent, flexible coating with high electrical conductivity.

German Research Foundation honours Dr. Baptiste Gault with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award

Using Monte Carlo calculations, scientists have observed the strange metal state in the Hubbard model of materials with strongly correlated electrons.

By adding cobalt impurities, researchers have observed a surprising quantum effect in a high-temperature iron-containing superconductor.

A new liquid-handling robotic system for synthesizing novel synthetic polymers can create up to 384 different polymers at once.

plastic waste in seawater breaks down and dissolves into organic molecules much more quickly than expected when exposed to sunlight

Rotating layers of boron nitride above and below a graphene layer introduces moiré superlattices that modify the graphene's electronic properties.

highly porous polymer foam that mimic bone marrow drives the differentiation of blood-forming stem cells

CNTs produced from CO2 using low-energy chemical processes drastically reduce emissions associated with construction materials

Scientists have developed a new approach for making metal-metal composites and porous metals with a ‘bicontinuous’ structure in thin films.

Perovskite for low-temperature ammonia production

Continuing research in the field of nanomaterials for energy storage will be critical for the widespread adoption of sustainable energy sources.

Researchers have developed a new type of polymer gel that, while still highly porous and malleable, has a much more ordered structure.

'Designer substrates' produced by exposing silicon to phosphine gas offer a quick and inexpensive way to synthesize high quality 2D crystals.

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