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Materials news, July 2020

Researchers have used state-of-the-art computational tools to model the chaotic behavior of ‘strange’ metals down to the lowest possible temperatures.

The missing link for recycling thermoset plastics

Using the hyper-Rayleigh scattering optical activity technique, physicists can now 'see' the twist of a single nanoparticle floating freely in a liquid.

multi-functional porous titanium implant could last a lifetime

Maximum Chern number can be reached and controlled in a real material

Super-white paints for cooler buildings

An update on an ancient remedy has potential for effective scar-free healing of wounds

Taking their inspiration from shells and grapefruits, engineers have created what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material.

Graphene oxide-wrapped nanospheres can help destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic-resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants.

A novel 'GI tract-on-a-chip'has shown that covalent adaptable hydrogels can degrade and spontaneously reform in the gastrointestinal tract.

By investigating insect surfaces, researchers have identified a nanostructure that can be used to engineer better water-repellent coatings

Doped graphene nanoribbons could help in quantum computing

By varying the amounts of two different monomers, researchers have developed polymer materials that can produce a shape-memory hand.

graphene antennas could offer a flexible metal-free option for wearable electronics

Melanin that is enriched with selenium protects against harmful radiation from medical X-rays and in spaceflight

Researchers have used an electron microscope to observe the individual steps of growing indium oxide on graphene at atomic-scale resolution.

A newly synthesized compound has helped scientists understand the elusive quantum spin liquid state, but also raised questions as well.

Researchers have synthesized a new form of melanin enriched with selenium for protecting human tissue against harmful radiation.

Scientists move synthesis from the lab to the computer

By studying the 2D material gallium telluride in real time using ultrafast electron diffraction, researchers have discovered that it breaks Friedel's Law.

For the first time, researchers have observed a quantum fluid known as the fractional quantum Hall state in a 2D semiconductor.

Researchers have shown that thin sheets of material with periodic cuts can be used to mold an inflating balloon into pre-programmed shapes.

Scientists have developed a novel instrument for studying quantum materials that can make three kinds of atom-scale measurements simultaneously.

A carbon nanotube film possesses a combination of thermal, electrical and physical properties that could make it of use for next-generation smart fabrics.

Researchers have developed a three-layer anti-reflection coating for making plastic sheets conductive and more transparent.

Researchers have found that a salt based on the organic compound piperidine can greatly improve the longevity of perovskite solar cells.

A computational model for understanding how changes in material nanostructure affect conductivity could lead to new energy storage devices.

Researchers have used a supercomputer to perform real-time simulations of wear and friction on alloys of copper and nickel at atomic scales.

Researchers have identified a small number of impurity atoms that may contribute to the strength of enamel, but also make it more soluble.

Researchers have developed a novel form of non-volatile computer memory, based on sliding atomically thin layers of metal over one another.

Researchers have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from projectiles and extreme temperatures.

X-ray measurements have revealed how the fine-scale structure of a granular material influences the behavior of waves propagating through them.

micropatterned substrate boosts perovskite light absorption

2D germanane has potential to deliver active agents directly to tumors

A new technique for making heterostructured materials uses ball milling to smash structurally incommensurate solids and then reassemble them.

By shining laser light onto an impure crystal, researchers were able to cool a semiconductor cantilever to at least 20°C below room temperature.

Researchers have identified which pairs of atoms in a nanoparticle of palladium and platinum are the most active in breaking down car exhaust gases.

polymer fiber-reinforced bone cements stabilize dental implants more effectively after extraction

Smart medicines could generate drugs and imaging agents when they come into contact with diseased tissues

A light-powered metal catalyst, comprising tiny spheres of aluminum dotted with specks of palladium, can break the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons.

By adding fluorine to a commercially available liquid electrolyte, researchers have boosted its stability and performance in lithium-metal batteries.

Materials called metal-organic frameworks can be spun into fibres to filter particulate pollutants from air

Magic-angle quantum effects in twisted bilayer graphene

Researchers have developed a family of polymer materials that come alive when hit with light – bending, rotating and even crawling on surfaces.

Scientists have characterized carp scales down to the nanoscale, potentially allowing their toughness to be replicated in synthetic structural materials.

Researchers have developed smart adaptive clothing by showing that graphene can control thermal radiation from textile surfaces.

Researchers have developed a new abrasion-based method for producing heterostructure devices based on 2D materials such as graphene.

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