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Materials news, April 2021

Rotated graphene stacks up for better membranes

novel way of aligning graphene oxide sheets creates filtration membranes with improved flux and selectivity

Using embedded enzymes, researchers have produced compostable plastics that break down within a few weeks on exposure to heat and water.

inorganic compound, tantalum disulfide, possesses an unusual property that could make it ideal for nanoelectronic applications

mass distribution at the nanoscale is important for water-filtration performance

photon avalanching in single nanoparticles doped with lanthanide ions observed for the first time

large diamond structures can be elastically deformed in a uniform and controlled way at the nanoscale

Researchers have found that the 2D material MXene can make an effective, durable lubricant for use in challenging applications, like space missions.

A novel conductive n-type polymer ink that is stable in air and at high temperatures could pave the way for innovative printed electronics.

Researchers have created a new hybrid thermoelectric material in which crystalline and amorphous sublattices are intertwined.

Researchers have discovered that only part of the energy of the light absorbed by hematite photoelectrodes generates mobile charge carriers.

Researchers have discovered that migrating oxygen atoms are responsible for the unconventional ferroelectricity of hafnium-based thin films.

Using different size barium sulfate particles, researchers have produced the whitest paint ever, able to reflect up to 98.1% of sunlight.

By embedding calcium phosphate particles in resin, researchers have come up with a high-tech substitute for ivory, which can be 3D printed into parts.

Novel peptide nanofibers can help limit the damage caused by inflammatory diseases by activating key cells in the immune system.

By taking advantage of capillary forces, researchers have managed to change a cellular material's fundamental topology at the microscale.

in-situ optical microscopy reveals how lithium plating occurs on graphite particle anodes

By studying the discontinuous transition between two quantum magnetic phases, researchers have observed the first ever critical point in a quantum magnet.

A new report suggests that the global 3D printing market could reach US$51 billion in 2030, driven mainly by growth in production parts.

Understanding the bactericidal properties of plant and animal surfaces helps improve implants

Using a technique called helium spin-echo, researchers have followed the movement of individual atoms as they cluster together to form 2D materials.

Scientists have witnessed 2D puddles spontaneously emerging inside a 3D high-temperature superconductor as it transitions to an insulating state.

Researchers have reported the first demonstration and observation of 3D hopfions emerging from 2D skyrmions in a magnetic nanomaterial.

Researchers have developed a hyaluronic acid hydrogel system for reinforcing and then sealing damaged cartilage at joints.

A novel opto-spintronic nanostructure made from layers of quantum dots can transfer information between electron spin and light at room temperature.

AOC Resins has made a price increase of €300 per ton for its entire UPR and epoxy vinyl ester range sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Researchers have shown that superactivated carbon particles can act as an alternative regenerator material to enhance the capability of cryocoolers.

Adding molecular cages to the polymer membrane in a lithium-ion battery can increase the flow of lithium ions by an order of magnitude.

By combining aluminum with carbon fibers, researchers have developed a rechargeable battery that can be charged and discharged up to 10,000 times.

Polymer nanoparticles that can deliver active agents to the developing lungs of a fetus could lead to treatments for congenital disorders in the future

Rather than degrading over time, a water-splitting material made of silicon and gallium nitride actually becomes more efficient and stable.

The positions of tiny rigid plates integrated in a thin membrane can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane.

By using a thin palladium film to transport hydrogen atoms, researchers have developed a room-temperature superconductor that works at lower pressures.

Using atomic electron tomography, researchers have determined the 3D atomic structure of an amorphous material, specifically a metallic glass.

Researchers have found there are three ways bubbles can form on and depart from the surface of the porous electrodes in electrochemical reactions.

Scientists have optimized a graphene-production process so that it can produce graphene from tires for use in strengthening concrete.

A novel electrolyte developed for lithium-air batteries could help prevent the cracking of metal alloy cathodes in lithium-ion batteries.

cerium oxide/carbon nanocomposite derived from a metal-organic framework makes an ideal anode for sodium-ion batteries

Researchers have improved molecules known as mechanophores so they produce reversible and rapid color change when a force is applied.

Using a cryogenic electron microscope, researchers have taken the first atomic-scale look at how 'calendar aging' attacks lithium-metal anodes.

Using carbon fibers, researchers have developed a structural battery that combines high levels of electrical energy storage, stiffness and strength.

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