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Materials news, June 2020

By taking advantage of the strength of graphene, researchers have doubled the toughness of a ceramic material used to make solid electrolytes.

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A new film made of gold nanoparticles can change color in response to any type of movement, including bending or twisting.

Researchers have developed a portable pyroelectric technology that generates electricity from the catalytic combustion of methanol.

By utilizing a seed crystal, researchers have succeeded in printing functional light-emitting diodes from a hybrid perovskite solution.

New research shows that certain combinations of 2D materials let holes and electrons combine into excitons at the materials' ground state.

Using tiny polystyrene beads arranged in a crystalline lattice, researchers have discovered that impurities play a major role in the melting process.

Researchers have developed a method for self-assembling nanostructures with gamma-modified peptide nucleic acid, a synthetic mimic of DNA.

Researchers have detected signatures of a cascade of energy transitions that could help explain how superconductivity arises in magic-angle graphene.

New structural supercapacitor electrode produced from nanofiber materials

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new reaction process uses light to trigger the growth of polymer layers on a metal nanoparticle

Polymer coating could help biomedical devices and crop sprays

Natural multifunctional green composite coating improves on conventional coatings

Scientists have developed an open-source program called SEMseg to count and characterize nanoparticles from scanning electron microscope images.

Novel silk-based inks can respond to and quantify chemicals released from the body or in the surrounding environment by changing color.

The spontaneous formation of hollow structures in nanoscale antimony crystals could increase the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

By combining tandem repeat proteins with the 2D material MXene, researchers have produced a composite material with novel electrical properties.

Researchers have found a new way to control harmful fungi, by developing polymer coatings that resist the attachment of these fungi.

A novel metasurface can operate as many birefringent materials in parallel, allowing more compact manipulation of light polarization.

Researchers have shown how the rotational motion of negative ions in a solid-state electrolyte can help drive the motion of positive lithium ions.

By combining them with fluorescent molecules, researchers have, for the first time, been able to study the real-time dynamics of boron nitride nanotubes.

Researchers have developed a theoretical foundation and computational tools for accurately predicting the spin dynamics of any material.

A novel silicon-ion battery with a layered metal oxide cathode and a liquid electrolyte works as well as some lithium-ion batteries.

Inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting, engineers have designed a friction-boosting material that could be used to coat the bottom of shoes.

Applying a magnetic field to small particles of nickel suspended at the surface of water causes them to assemble into a novel active material.

At very high temperatures and pressures, nitrogen can adopt the same 2D crystalline structure as black phosphorus.

Computer simulations have revealed that the polarization of ferroelectric nanoparticles adopts a geometrical structure of knots called a Hopfion.

Using a magnetic nanocomposite coating, researchers have developed a highly porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water.

By inserting metal atoms between transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers, researchers have created a whole new library of 2D materials.

A felt of nickel microfibers has the optimum combination of surface area and bubble release for producing hydrogen via electrolysis.

Scientists have uncovered evidence that the 2D material tungsten ditelluride conducts electricity in very narrow channels at its outer edges.

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Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can determine material properties such as toughness in a matter of milliseconds.

For the first time, researchers have synthesized large-scale 2D conjugated polymers, and thoroughly characterized their electronic properties.

Scientists have used graphene to help develop an opal-like crystalline material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart sensors.

hollow carbon loaded with drugs can be given a boost by bombarding them with microwaves and laser irradiation to treat tumors

The transport of electronic charge in a strontium ruthenate superconductor breaks the rotational symmetry of the underlying crystal lattice.

Physicists have found surprising evidence that an electronic state known as the quantum Hall effect could be ‘reincarnated’ in 3D topological materials.

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