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Materials news, March 2021

By coating DNA-nanoparticle lattices in silica, researchers have developed robust nanomaterials that can withstand high temperatures and pressures.

By covering cubic silicon carbide in nanopores, researchers have created an efficient light-powered material for splitting water to produce hydrogen.

A new, inexpensive dipping process using a sulfolane additive can produce high-quality perovskite crystalline thin film for use in solar cells.

Researchers have found that reducing the repulsive interactions between electrons in magic-angle graphene makes its superconductivity more robust.

By utilizing a semisolid electrode, researchers have found a way to prevent the formation of dendrites in lithium-ion batteries with a solid electrolyte.

Researchers have found a material that can switch between a window and a mirror in a quadrillionth of a second when struck by a short laser pulse.

machine learning algorithm trained to predict pullout forces of carbon nanotubes from polymer matrix

graphene oxide can affect the response of synapses in the brain potentially leading to treatment for PTSD

Researchers have designed a system of self-oscillating flexible materials that display a distinctive mode of dynamic self-organization.

Researchers have discovered that the electronic properties of halide perovskites hinge on the way their atomic lattice twists and turns.

novel bio-polymer based on microalgae could offer a sustainable alternative to synthetic polymers produced from fossil fuels

Chinese scientists demonstrate tunable polymers for use in photovoltaics

Using optical spectroscopy, researchers have shown that the insulating behavior of 'bad metals' can be explained with conventional theories.

For the first time, researchers have created borophane – an atomically thin boron material that is stable at standard temperatures and air pressures.

By combining photonic crystals with a polymer substrate, researchers have developed a photonic material that can move and fold when illuminated.

A novel glass display with a high white light contrast ratio can smoothly transition between a broad spectrum of colors when electrically charged.

Scientists have combined two cutting-edge analytical techniques to achieve nanoscale mapping of each distinct electronic phase in nickelates.

A novel bio-based, fully recyclable polymer membrane for separating oil and water can be reused even after its pores are clogged.

New phenomenon discovered for half-auxetic materials

Researchers used ultrafast nanometric imaging to show, for the first time, that populations of carbon dots contain both good and bad emitters.

A new fabrication technique could allow lithium-ion batteries to use the same production processes for ceramic electrolytes as for liquid electrolytes.

Researchers have developed a new way to produce nonlinear optical processes, by stacking and twisting layers of 2D hexagonal boron nitride.

By using 'scientific machine learning', researchers have gained a better understanding of how lithium ions more in and out of battery electrodes.

Researchers have shown that flowing ions near the cathode can prevent the formation of dendrites in lithium-metal batteries.

Researchers have developed a novel cerium molybdate material that exhibits high antiviral activity against the coronavirus that causes covid-19.

A novel chemical-responsive hydrogel shell can generate dynamic morphological changes, including periodic oscillations similar to heartbeats.

DNA-based self-assembly methods can construct 3D superconducting nanostructures

nanomesh pressure sensor can monitor finger pressure without any effect on sensation

imperfections in the highly regular crystal structure of diamond could hold the key for ultrasensitive biosensing

Using X-rays, researchers have revealed the presence of both lithium hydride and lithium fluoride in the interphase of lithium-metal batteries.

all-natural bioinspired composite material could offer an alternative to petroleum-based structural plastics

Researchers have made electrochemical carbon nanotube muscles much faster and more powerful by coating them with an ionically conducting polymer.

By cutting a periodic pattern of holes into graphene, researchers have produced a phononic crystal with controllable vibrational modes.

exposure to graphene oxide can induce anaphylactic shock in small number of non-human primates

Using advanced electron microscopes, researchers have imaged the boundary between 2D and 3D materials, and correlated it with their properties.

Researchers have found that pairing a magnet with graphene induces an 'artificial magnetic texture' in the usually nonmagnetic 2D material.

Researchers have developed the world's thinnest carbon dioxide filter from graphene, able to separate carbon dioxide from industrial emissions.

Using a weakly binding electrolyte, researchers developed a lithium-metal battery that can be repeatedly recharged at temperatures as low as -60°C.

Using a two-pronged process, researchers produced hydrogels that mimic the internal structure, stretchiness, strength and durability of biological tissues.

Researchers have developed hydrogels that are cell-compatible, biodegradable and can change shape over time in response to water.

Researchers have discovered a halide ion conductor that could dramatically improve the efficiency and lifespan of solid-state sodium-ion batteries.

Scientists have discovered the crucial role played by one of the solvents used in the fabrication process for perovskite solar cells.

An exotic metallic material made of cerium, bismuth and palladium can produce a giant Hall effect in the total absence of any magnetic field.

porous silica nanoparticles impregnated with nanoceria offer novel way to treat osteoporosis

By fabricating raised squares on the surface of an antiferromagnetic crystal, researchers have developed a novel data storage medium.

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