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Materials news, October 2021

Peptides promise one-pot nanoparticle synthesis

biological molecules known as peptides can be used to synthesize photothermal Au nanoplates under mild conditions

Using a new material, researchers have created a spatial light modulator that can change its optical properties in response to electric signals.

Elastic polymer conflict resolved to help reduce plastic pollution

tissue-like sheets of human tendon cells and magnetic nanoparticles enable the study of the effects of inflammation in tendon disorders

Researchers have discovered that the organic molecules in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites can actually hamper their photovoltaic efficiencies.

Researchers have designed a topological insulator in which the transmission of microwave photons can survive unprecedented levels of disorder.

Understanding how the mechanism by which mussels produce their glue

By melding small quasicrystals together, researchers have been able to synthesize large quasicrystals without any grain boundary imperfections.

By applying strain to a multiferroic material, researchers have discovered an exotic new state with a much higher electromechanical response.

Researchers have developed a novel metasurface that employs deep, narrow holes, rather than very tall pillars, to focus light to a single spot.

A novel machine-learning model that understands symmetry in materials can, for the first time, search an unstructured image database and identify trends.

Researchers have uncovered evidence that grain boundaries in polycrystalline materials don't move as expected when they're heated.

Researchers have developed a composite fabric, incorporating a metal-organic framework, that can deactivate both biological and chemical threats.

Using machine learning and a form of atomic force microscopy , researchers have mapped the polarization pattern in ferroelectric materials.

By developing a way to highly entangle polymer chains, researchers have managed to produce an elastomer that is both stiff and tough.

Fabricating chalcogenide glasses as nanowires can extend their use into the visible and ultraviolet parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Researchers have found an excellent bifunctional catalyst, containing platinum and lead, for the oxygen electrode in a unitized regenerative fuel cell.

Stretching a 2D material called strontium titanate causes crystalline defects to organize into periodic structures that enhance its electronic properties.

Researchers have adapted a flash Joule heating method for producing graphene so it can instead recycle valuable metals from electronic waste.

By engineering electron donor and electron acceptor materials, researchers can overcome a key loss mechanism in organic solar cells.

Researchers have discovered a complex landscape of electronic states that can co-exist on a novel non-magnetic kagome superconductor.

Researchers have shown that with a bit of strain and a weak magnetic field they can drive the electrons in strontium niobate to the extreme quantum limit.

A stack of crystalline monolayers with random alignments has excellent heat conductivity in one direction and excellent insulation in the other direction.

Researchers used liquid gallium to create a copper-based antiviral and antimicrobial coating for various fabrics, including facemasks.

Colloidal crystals that mimic the nanostructure of opals can visibly and continuously document the temperature in the environment over a defined period.

A device comprising a 2D hybrid metal halide layered with a ferromagnetic metal can generate terahertz radiation from an an ultrafast spin current.

By combining a solid-state electrolyte with an all-silicon anode, researchers have produced the first silicon all-solid-state battery.

An even faster version of the fast-imaging tomography process for materials can produce a record-breaking 1000 3D tomograms per second.

GaN-on-diamond shown to be innovative semiconductor material for first time

Researchers have shown how learning can be mimicked in a nickel oxide insulator by varying external stimuli.

Researchers have created a collaborative artificial intelligence tool that reduces the time and effort required to discover truly new materials.

A new measurement technique has revealed that a single carbon fiber is more electrically conductive in the direction parallel to its length.

3D-printed cheap and portable ventilators to combat Covid-19

calculations identify diffusion paths of Se in CdTe, boosting thin film solar cell efficiency

Researchers have developed a computational model that can accurately determine the effect of sputtering on complicated, rough surfaces.

Researchers have shown that the odd harmonics of light can be used to study twisted, or chiral, nanoparticles and molecules.

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