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Materials news, February 2021

Turning windows into energy generators

novel transparent metal oxide photovoltaic cells could turn windows into energy generators

Researchers have developed a novel electromagnetic shielding material comprising a polymer filled with quasi-one-dimensional nanowires.

Using 3D aerosol jet-printing, scientists have produced a highly sensitive X-ray detector by printing arrays of perovskite pillars on a graphene substrate.

Bismuth vanadate electrodes that contain more bismuth on their surface generate higher amounts of electrical current from sunlight for water splitting.

Researchers have developed a 'windowpane' with a conjugated polymer that can direct light that falls on it to solar cells at the edges of the pane.

For the first time, researchers have used advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques to see mesocrystals form in solution in real time.

For the first time, researchers have produced kagome graphene and shown that it has very different properties to conventional graphene.

Molecular component improves on perovskites

Researchers are developing superconducting nanowire devices that could replace the Josephson junctions in superconducting electronics.

The moiré patterns produced by 2D monolayers of tungsten disulfide and tungsten diselenide can turn these conductors into insulators.

New class of optical coating that transmit and reflects the same color simultaneously

A metal organic framework coated with a cancer cell membrane has proved effective at delivering and releasing a cancer immunotherapy drug.

Researchers have found a better way to produce an exotic class of gel, by simply mixing together water, oil and nanoparticles of quartz.

Wearable sensor that can detect illegal drugs in sweat

Researchers have shown that a standard resin from semiconductor manufacturing can be used to integrate 2D materials with silicon semiconductors.

Using various analytical techniques, researchers have identified the specific platinum atoms that form the active site on a hydrogen-producing catalyst.

Researchers have identified a new form of magnetism that appears at high pressures in the 2D material iron thiophosphate, also known as magnetic graphene.

Treating metal-free carbon black with oxygen plasma produces an efficient catalyst for converting oxygen into hydrogen peroxide.

Quantum Information and Deep Learning for Turbulent Combustion Modeling & Simulation

For the first time, researchers have developed an optical coating that can simultaneously reflect and transmit the same wavelength, or color.

Researchers have enhanced the electronic properties of perovskite materials by incorporating specially designed organic molecules.

Changing the electronic structure of a tungsten diselenide crystal with light allows researchers to image features that are normally too small to see.

Scientists have produced polymers from lipoic acid, a natural molecule, that can be easily depolymerized under mild conditions.

Scientists have produced the first 2D silicon-germanium alloys and demonstrated an easy way to fine-tune their electronic properties.

Researchers predict that shining circularly polarized laser light on topological insulators can reveal information about their electrical properties.

By combining polymers and nanoparticles, researchers have created an injectable gel that doesn't melt when exposed to the temperature inside the body.

Researchers have observed superconductivity in a sandwich of three graphene sheets, where the middle layer is twisted at a specific 'magic' angle.

Researchers have found a way to get polymer gels to snap and reset themselves, relying solely on energy flow from their environment.

Professor Hongjin Fan announced as new Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Energy.

Chemists have managed to obtain quality 2D hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets by processing its natural bulk form with surfactants and water.

Researchers used X-ray tomography to discover that voids can form at the interface between electrodes and the solid electrolyte in solid-state batteries.

Experiments and simulations have revealed how 2D boron nitride can transform into its ultra-hard, diamond phase at room temperature.

Inspired by Kombucha tea, researchers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mixture of bacteria and yeast.

instead of recycling, PET can be transformed into a useful sorbent material for removal of insecticides from water

Using a specially textured, gas-attracting material, researchers have greatly boosted the performance of catalytical systems for capturing carbon dioxide.

By utilizing a patterned, flexible elastomer, researchers have created stretchable electronics that are less compromised by deformation.

Researchers have developed a new method for smashing individual metal nanoclusters together to form macro-scale hunks of solid metal.

Researchers have found a way to flip the horizontal channels between graphene sheets to make them vertical, which is an ideal orientation for filtration.

Using a novel real-time electron microscopy technique and carbon nanohorns, researchers have observed crystal growth in unprecedented detail.

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