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Materials news, January 2022

Researchers have enhanced the performance of perovskite solar cells by replacing the electron-transport layer with a thin layer of quantum dots.

A novel hybrid ferritin nanocage shows enhanced uptake of an iridium complex. leading to improved catalytic efficiency for alcohol production.

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown 1D zeolite material that has a tube-like structure with perforated porous walls.

Researchers have developed a cost-competitive, low-pressure method for turning industrially processed lignin into high-performance plastics.

sound-sensitive hydrogels can change their stiffness locally to affect cellular behavior

Researchers have used a new powerful and speedy X-ray crystallography technique to determine the structures of two metal-organic materials.

Researchers have developed a way of making any pairings of surface materials and liquids take on a desired level of wettability.

Researchers have shown that sound can be used to analyze the production of laser-induced graphene in real time to determine its form and quality.

Customized 3D printing of flexible OLED display

Inducing spin-orbit coupling in magic-angle graphene makes it a powerful ferromagnet

drug delivery system based on gold nanoclusters is triggered by a smartphone to suppress growth of targeted tumors

Researchers have combined a soft gel, a polymer and a biomolecule to produce a material that can morph into various shapes before hardening.

Common clay material helps curb methane emissions

algorithm can predict the location of nanosilica particles in a nanocomposite and will aid the design of better materials

Researchers have discovered that the high-temperature superconductors known as cuprates can act as 'strange metals'.

Researchers have developed a new method for producing low-symmetry colloidal crystals, including one with no known natural equivalent.

Researchers have formulated a rubber electrolyte with superior ionic conductivity, mechanical properties and electrochemical stability.

Researchers have developed a platform that uses machine learning to program the transformation of 2D stretchable materials into specific 3D shapes.

Using computational models, researchers have found that catalysis appears to function due to the action and propagation of electron holes.

Paddlewheel-like molecular dynamics help to push sodium ions through a novel solid electrolyte being investigated for use in sodium-ion batteries.

By inducing a phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling, researchers have shown they can turn magic-angle graphene into a powerful ferromagnet.

Researchers have discovered a symmetry-breaking electronic nematic phase in twisted double bilayer graphene.

Researchers have produced the first high-resolution images of the solid-electrolyte interphase in its natural squishy state.

A new open-source software tool can calculate the fundamental constants needed to describe the physical properties of crystalline solids.

Researchers have developed hairy cellulose nanocrystals that can capture off-target chemotherapy drugs to prevent tissue damage.

Researchers have developed a thin film containing a phase-change material that can switch between absorbing heat from the Sun and reflecting it.

Researchers have discovered a way to mobilize isolated islands of metallic lithium in a battery and get them to reconnect with the anode.

Researchers have discovered that the junctures at the facet edges of 3D semiconductor particles have 2D electronic properties.

By taking advantage of novel materials, researchers have produced nanolasers that can be switched on and off with a magnetic field.

Researchers have developed a method for stabilizing a specific perovskite material in solar cells, without compromising its near-perfect performance.

Researchers have developed the world’s longest flexible fiber lithium-ion battery, which can be woven into fabrics.

By applying machine learning to the data in their own megalibraries, researchers have successfully guided the synthesis of new nanomaterials.

Researchers have developed a method to stabilize the zigzag edges of graphene nanoribbons and directly measure their magnetic properties.

Researchers have discovered how electronic charge is transported in several inkjet-printed films of 2D materials.

Simple and effective approach to manufacturing a super hard material from bulk natural wood

Using 3D printing, researchers have created magnetic double helices that can produce nanoscale topological textures in the magnetic field.

Researchers have shown that adding phosphorene nanoribbons to perovskite solar cells can significantly improve their efficiency.

New battery material offers useful stability and recharges as fast as lithium-ion batteries

Using a design known as a Z scheme, researchers have developed a new artificial photosynthesis device with remarkable stability and longevity.

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