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Materials news, February 2022

Researchers have created an extremely high-quality graphene channel that can transport spin information over comparatively long distances.

Lotus leaf shows how to keep clean and dry

Improving plastic recycling by modifying its carbon–hydrogen bonds

By studying the knobby starfish, researchers have uncovered principles that could be used to develop strong, lightweight ceramic materials.

Researchers have developed a quick and cheap method for fabricating flexible supercapacitors based on carbon nanomaterials.

Researchers have found a way to introduce sulfur into lithium-ion batteries, making them more sustainable and allowing them to store more energy.

Turning off the superconductivity in a cuprate superconductor with light or magnetism produces a normal state with very similar fundamental physics.

A complex electrical ‘vortex’-like pattern discovered in ferroelectric materials mirrors a magnetic counterpart in ferromagnetic materials.

Researchers have developed a composite material that can morph into a new shape, hold that shape and then return to its original shape.

Researchers have discovered how to change the atomic structure of the thermoelectric material tin selenide with intense pulses of laser light.

Researchers have revealed the formation mechanism for cerium oxide mesocrystals, showing they don't form in the same way as other crystals.

Researchers have cast doubt on an experimental approach for demonstrating the existence of axionic behavior in a Weyl semimetal.

Researchers have developed a solid chlorine-based electrolyte with high ionic conductivity and low electronic conductivity.

Physicists have shown that fluctuations in tiny magnetic anomalies in 2D materials known as skyrmions can be used to generate random numbers.

Researchers have developed a surgical sticky tape that can repair leaks and tears in the gastrointestinal tract and other tissues and organs.

Using just a small voltage and a magnet, researchers have manipulated a liquid metal, getting it to move and form shapes, without any form of contact.

Researchers have created a 2D polymer material that is tougher than bulletproof glass and stronger than steel.

By embedding magnets into a rubbery substance, researchers have produced a material that can absorb and release very large quantities of energy.

Researchers are using machine-learning techniques to streamline the process of synthesizing graphene from waste through flash Joule heating.

Using a novel computational optimizer, researchers have designed a metamaterial for the asymmetric transmission of linearly polarized light.

Researchers have fabricated complex branched nanostructures covered in graphene, which could be used for applications such as storing hydrogen.

Researchers have produced an electrochemical random access memory component with a 2D material, for use in computers that mimic the human brain.

Researchers have shown that arrays of nanocubes can both confine light in specific locations and allow tunable control of its energy.

Researchers have shown that the 2D material hexagonal boron nitride can be used to build much smaller capacitors for superconducting qubits.

Researchers have used graphene to mimic the Schwinger production of electron and positron pairs, which normally only occurs in cosmic events.

Researchers have made a fundamental discovery about the atomic structure and vibrations in perovskite oxide superlattices.

Researchers have confirmed that cuprates make the transition to a superconducting state in two distinct steps at very different temperatures.

Researchers have developed a novel spin-coating technique for producing perovskite photovoltaic materials on an industrial scale.

Near-infrared fluorescence emitted by microscopic crystals of silicon when illuminated with visible light can be used to detect cracks in concrete.

Researchers have developed a soft, stretchable, self-powered thermometer that can be integrated into stretchable electronics and soft robots.

A novel catalyst can transform a mixture of three monomers into well-defined, ordered diblock terpolymers in a single step.

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