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Materials news, August 2020

Fiber electrode shows promise for wearable electronic devices

Supercapacitor made from the fiber electrodes

Nanowire mask offers big advantages for PPE

Titanium oxide nanowire mask with antibacterial and antiviral properties

Researchers have identified why 'nickel-rich' battery materials become fatigued and can no longer be fully charged after prolonged use.

Ultrashort laser bursts etch metal for solar panels

By utilizing a mixture of alcohol, researchers have developed functional inks based on 2D materials that don't suffer from the coffee ring effect.

Researchers have found that cooling graphene while it is attached to a flat surface will cause it to buckle, altering its electronic properties.

Nanostructure surface displays improved anti-icing performance

Engineered camelid nanobodies sheath coronavirus spikes

Scintillating sintering improved

Novel composites of nanocellulose and metal nanoparticles could prove of use for various optical, catalytic, electrical and biomedical applications.

Researchers have developed a method for predicting the interaction between layers of 2D materials such as graphene in a stack.

Reducing dyes without the noble metals

Researchers have developed a way to induce large zeolite catalyst particles to behave like nanoparticles by growing fins on their surfaces.

Through surface functionalization, researchers have managed to make a crystalline metal-organic framework behave like a porous liquid.

Antibodies attached to the surface of red blood cells could boost the body’s ability to fight disease

Adding a small amount of manganese to 2D molybdenum disulfide improves its sensitivity as a dopamine detector by many orders of magnitude.

Nanotech for improved wound healing

By studying shaving with a scanning electron microscope, engineers have determined how a razor blade can be damaged as it cuts human hair.

Cobalt-iron catalyst for zinc-air battery application

As a first step to programmable materials, researchers have used atom probe tomography to read the arrangement of metal ions in metal-organic frameworks.

Researchers have developed a new spray-on method for producing clear coatings made from tin oxide that can block heat and conduct electricity.

By formulating fluorescent dyes into a novel class of crystalline lattice, researchers have created the brightest ever fluorescent materials.

German scientists demonstrate a world-first – engineered spider silks that inhibit microbial growth

A newly developed sulfur-containing polymer film boasts a high refractive index while being fully transparent over the entire visible range.

new highly absorbent, breathable polymer fabric protects wearers against harmful aerosols and chemical warfare agents

new 'micro' approach to electronic waste recycling could create valuable renewable resources

A novel nano-structuring method allows certain layers of a material to be perforated extremely precisely while leaving other layers completely untouched.

Researchers have determined exactly how some sorbent materials capture and release carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Scientists have developed a novel method for synthesizing manganese dioxide with a specific crystalline structure that makes it an effective catalyst.

We are excited to announce that Elsevier in collaboration with SPIE, titled Photonic Materials and Applications.

Using standard semiconductor fabrication processes, engineers have found a way to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films.

Researchers have electrically transformed the low-cost non-magnetic material iron sulfide, also known as ‘fool's gold’, into a magnetic material.

By applying a low voltage to reduce the surface tension, researchers have been able to produce streams of liquid metal at room temperature.

Adding layers of the 2D material molybdenum sulfide to molybdenum carbide allows superconductivity to occur at 50% higher temperatures.

Inspired by work on snowflakes, researchers are mapping the shapes of the 2D crystals produced by chemical vapor deposition under specific conditions.

A self-healing material patterned after squid ring teeth protein could be used to repair materials that are under continual repetitive movement.

Researchers have uncovered a new class of topological magnet exhibiting novel quantum effects that extend to room temperature.

Researchers have discovered that the magnetic properties of a chromium halide can be tuned by manipulating the non-magnetic atoms in the material.

By modifying thermoset plastics with a chemical linker, chemists have made them much easier to break down while retaining their mechanical strength.

Copper against Covid

systematic approach to growing 2D crystals using CVD based on large-scale databases and machine learning

Bio-inspiration for making polyenes

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