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Materials news, December 2021

Researchers have developed a novel low-temperature process for producing a stable black perovskite for use in solar cells.

A novel all-season smart-roof coating, based on vanadium dioxide, can keep homes warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

A novel organic nanocomposite can absorb X-rays and then re-emit the captured energy as light with nearly perfect efficiency.

Researchers have created a polymer-based photodetector that can be stretched by up to 200% without significantly losing its conductivity.

New material simulates all three layers of skin

Researchers have developed a new way to probe the properties of spin waves in graphene, by measuring the energy needed to flip electron spins.

Researchers have found that a nickel nanoparticle can catalyze the speedy synthesis of bilayer nanoribbons of molybdenum disulfide.

A copper surface covered in microscale and nanoscale cavities can kill bacteria more than 100 times faster and more effectively than standard copper.

Researchers have discovered that silica nanoparticles coated in polymer chains that are not too short or too long can produce extremely tough films.

Particles made of an organic polymer core covered in DNA molecules can come together to form a material with properties of both a crystal and a liquid.

By studying the restructuring of water-splitting catalysts, researchers have been able to manipulate their surfaces to greatly increase their efficiency.

Researchers have developed a simulator that can both predict solar cell efficiency and provide information about what changes will improve it.

magnetically aligned hydrogel scaffold and polymer-based electrode improves the interface between nerve tissue and prostheses

By incorporating soft joints, researchers have created a new type of porous, carbon-based crystals that can stretch to more than twice their length.

Researchers have developed a method for using lasers to modify the properties of materials without producing any excess damaging heat.

Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) can be made ‘active’ by ball milling at extremely low temperatures

Researchers have developed a novel catalyst comprising a layer of platinum atoms on a 2D material that can convert methane into ethane and ethylene.

carbon-fiber reinforced polymer composite based on vitrimeric polymer matrix that can reverse fatigue damage

Researchers have discovered that a novel liquid crystalline cholesteric compound has the shortest known pitch.

By diluting a salt solution with an inert solvent, researchers have developed a syrupy electrolyte for longer-lasting sodium-sulfur batteries.

Researchers have used electron energy loss spectroscopy to investigate the effect of heating on the grain boundaries of a polycrystal in nanoscale detail.

By trapping light in tiny crevices of gold, researchers have coaxed molecules to convert invisible infrared light into visible light.

Using suspended layer additive manufacturing, researchers have, for the first time, printed a biomaterial that can simulate the three layers of skin.

A combination of quantum mechanics and machine learning can accurately predict the reduction temperature of metal oxides to their base metals.

Researchers have discovered what causes the damaging 'plating' effect on anodes when lithium-ion batteries are fast charged.

Using 2D materials, researchers have produced a qubit chip that's 1000 times smaller than qubit chips produced with conventional approaches.

By applying a new strategy for combining carbon-based molecules, researchers developed an organic material that can emit light for over an hour in air.

Researchers have developed a novel electrochromic technology that can interact with both visible light and mid-infrared light for heating and cooling.

By using a small guest molecule, researchers have managed to produce energy-efficient organic solar cells using eco-friendly solvents.

Researchers have developed a polymer hydrogel that looks and feels like a squishy jelly, but acts like an ultra-hard, shatterproof glass when compressed.

For the first time, researchers have synthesized a paracrystalline diamond, which forms a bridge between crystalline and amorphous structures.

Using a combination of heat and pressure, researchers have turned the spherical fullerenes known as buckyballs into an ultrahard diamond glass.

cat's paw inspires soft, flexible impact-resistant and energy-dissipating composite

Researchers have created a new ultra-thin two-layer material with quantum properties that normally require rare earth elements.

A novel imaging technology that compresses light into a tiny spot can reveal previously invisible details about nanomaterials, including colors.

Researchers have used multiple different microscopy techniques to reveal why perovskite materials are so tolerant of defects in their structure.

Sunlight can contract the space between atomic layers in 2D perovskites, improving the material’s photovoltaic efficiency by up to 18%.

A novel organic battery with a wood-based electrode and a new type of water-based electrolyte has demonstrated record energy storage.

Researchers have discovered that firing a brief pulse of mid-infrared laser light at quantum dots can stop them from blinking.

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