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Materials news, August 2021

Researchers have produced carbon nanotube fibers that can act as a thermoelectric generator, able to turn heat into electricity.

Researchers have developed a new vascular metamaterial that can be easily reconfigured to modify its thermal and electromagnetic properties.

common household plant, Golden Pothos, shows unusual electrical response that could be harnessed in resistive memory devices

Improved technology for “stubborn” group of metals for thin films in electronics

Confining electrons in the one-dimensional sub-units of fibrous red phosphorous can cause this material to display strong photoluminescence.

Researchers have found a way to turn a middling monomer into a tough polymer that can still be depolymerized back to the monomer state.

Researchers have developed nanofibers where energy can take advantage of quantum mechanics to move thousands of times faster than normal.

A novel high-temperature coating material could greatly extend the lifetime of parts made from silicon carbide in jet engines.

New material outperforms activated carbon in aqueous environments

Researchers have developed a new high-speed spectroscopy technique for observing the structure and composition of materials, including exotic matter.

Using kirigami, researchers have designed reconfigurable building blocks that can serve as basic units for constructing complex 3D structures.

The mineral erythrite becomes a better water-splitting catalyst over time due to its structure changing from crystalline to amorphous.

By using iridium as a metal tracer, researchers have developed a novel method for determining the structure of polynuclear coordination compounds.

By adding organic ligands to 'stubborn' metals like tungsten and platinum, researchers have managed to evaporate them at significantly lower temperatures.

Over the past 30 years, quantum dots have progressed from scientific curiosities to becoming critical components of various emerging technologies.

A novel quantum crystal comprising 150 beryllium ions can measure electric fields with record sensitivity, potentially allowing it to detect dark matter.

Researchers have investigated whether ion adsorption in a layered material called birnessite occurs via a faradaic or non-faradaic mechanism.

Researchers have uncovered evidence that a novel superconductor exhibits a charge density wave state that creates its own magnetic field.

Novel manganese complexes possess the luminescent properties and photocatalytic behavior normally associated with noble metal compounds.

By removing oxygen from polycrystalline tin selenide, researchers have produced the most efficient thermoelectric system on record.

Carbon Trends is celebrating its 1st Birthday!

By fabricating nanoantennas on a semiconductor surface, researchers have developed an efficient way for converting light from one wavelength to another.

‘Revolutionary, green and scalable’ synthesis for high-performance carbon materials

heat/light-responsive hydrogel useful for soft robots that mimic the function and movement of living organisms

Researchers have developed a simplified mathematical model of a complex phenomenon in crack propagation known as the velocity jump.

Discovery of New Nonlinear Optical Materials

For the first time, researchers have confirmed that colliding electrons in strange metals obey the 'Planckian limit' and accurately measured it.

A coating could help prevent the solid-electrolyte interphase from forming pockets that disrupt electron pathways in silicon-wire lithium-ion batteries.

Using machine learning, researchers have identified important features for characterizing materials that exhibit a metal-insulator transition.

For the first time, scientists have observed a new quantum state potentially related to dark matter, known as an axion insulator, in a 2D antiferromagnet.

A material created by mixing an amino acid with a fluorinated oil can switch between a film and a bead to remove fluorine-based pollutants from water.

As pressure is applied to manganese disulfide in a diamond anvil, it transitions from an insulator to a metallic state and then back to an insulator.

By producing a new liquid phase with vapor deposition, researchers have found they can create very dense thin-film glasses.

A novel technique that uses blasts of ultrasound to help recycle silver nanowires in electronic devices could work with many other nanomaterials.

Making self-adjusting materials systems with standard 3D printers

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers have discovered that a 'strange metal' made of ytterbium, rhodium and silicon is a superconductor.

Using amyloid silk hybrid proteins, researchers have created fibers that are stronger and tougher than some natural spider silks.

Researchers have observed signs of a rare type of superconductivity known as 'spin-triplet' in magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene.

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