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Materials news, May 2021

Researchers have produced strong and flexible 3D-printable gels by merging micro- and nano-sized networks of alginate from seaweed.

Using a complex metal oxide that can utilize electron spins, physicists have created computing elements comparable to neurons and synapses in the brain.

By utilizing 'frontal polymerization', researchers have shortened the manufacturing process for vascular materials from two days to two minutes.

Researchers have developed electrospun scaffolds made from extracellular matrix for promoting the regeneration of injured skeletal muscle.

earth-abundant molten salt, based on seawater-derived sodium chloride, is stable enough to be used for solar thermal energy storage

By combining a protein-like molecule with a silicate-based nanocluster, researchers have created a new class of progammable 2D nanocrystals.

Researchers have developed a novel multilayer, multimaterial lithium-metal battery that can control and contain the growth of lithium dendrites.

ivory substitute can be printed into complex three-dimensional structures using additive manufacturing

Engineers are vaporizing metals within a magnetic field to direct the reassembly of the metal atoms into nanomaterials with predictable shapes.

A novel alloy of gallium and iron is more effective and cheaper than other 'magnetostrictive' materials, potentially leading to more efficient computing.

Innovative process permanently stores plant-captured CO2 as silicon carbide

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drug-loaded piezoelectric polymer nanoparticles deliver double blow to brain tumors

Innovative way to reduce the band gap in cheaper and non-toxic tin-based oxide semiconductors

New way to arrange 2D nanosheets into a 3D configuration to produce new materials

Researchers have developed a new security device that takes advantage of microstructure variations in graphene to generate secure encryption keys.

Inspired by chameleon skin, researchers have developed core-shell hydrogels that change color in response to the vapors released by spoiled fish.

Scientists have found a way to arrange 2D sheets of tungsten disulfide into a 3D configuration known as a nanomesh, which has a modified energy landscape.

A new study shows that magnetic graphene can efficiently convert charge to spin current and transfer strong spin-polarization over long distances.

By doping electrons into an antiferromagnetic material, researchers have found they can turn its antiferromagnetism on and off in a controllable way.

A novel 'molecular glue' can keep a key interface inside perovskite solar cells from degrading, thereby improving their long-term reliability.

Researchers have developed an alternative leather-like material from silk, which can be printed into different patterns and textures.

Researchers have made their transparent wood more sustainable by replacing fossil-based polymer fillers with versions made from orange peel.

Researchers have developed a way to finely tune the mechanical properties of a scaffolding material so it can support the growth of various tissues.

Implantable nanoparticle sensor shows concentration changes of substances in the blood

Researchers have created a scalable technique for fabricating the smallest graphene nanoribbons yet, which could find use in telecommunications.

By eliminating the anode and reducing the water content of the electrolyte, researchers have developed a stable, highly efficient sodium-ion battery.

Cutting-edge computations have revealed that massive efficiency losses in hybrid perovskite solar cells are caused by missing hydrogen atoms.

Researchers have developed neural networks that can accurately predict the evolution of microstructures in materials under certain environments.

Scientists have characterized how the electronic states in an exotic iron-based superconductor depend on local chemical concentrations.

Using a specially modified atomic force microscope, researchers have been able to determine the proton affinity of individual atoms on a surface.

By combining polymer gels and gold nanoparticles, researchers created a diverse array of oscillators that could move in unison with each other.

Using extremely high pressures, researchers have managed to produce a novel 2D material composed of nitrogen and beryllium atoms, termed beryllonitrene.

A hydrogel-based material that mimics the structure of the lobster's underbelly is able to withstand repeated stretches and strains without tearing.

A novel material made up of layers of different oxides, termed a gradient ENZ material, can beam thermal radiation at specific angles.

Scientists have glimpsed the signature of an exotic phase of matter called pair-density waves in an unconventional superconductor.

Scientists have used sophisticated microscopy techniques to reveal how the gold in gold-silver nanoparticles can prevent the silver from leaching out.

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