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Materials news, March 2022

Using a novel method, researchers can conduct real-time atomic-level observations of grain boundary deformation in poly-grained metallic materials.

Researchers have developed a machine-learning model that can assess the stability of rare-earth compounds.

For the first time, researchers have shown that a single electron can catalyze the self-assembly of molecules.

All electrochemical energy storage mechanisms exist somewhere on a continuum between those that work in batteries and those that work in capacitors.

easy-to-apply alternative to eyedrops based on chitosan thermo-gels could be used to treat eye conditions more effectively

New foam-like material could help road safety

Sieve for molecules from 2D silicon dioxide

For the first time, researchers have directly detected electron correlations in a special insulating state of a 2D material called ABC trilayer graphene.

Material could replace plastic food packaging

Using a piezoelectric material, researchers have created an 'acoustic fabric' that is able to detect and produce sound.

A novel ‘self-driving lab’ uses artificial intelligence and fluidic systems to advance understanding of semiconductor and metallic nanomaterials.

A new theory of entropy called Zentropy can predict the change in volume of a material as a function of temperature at a multiscale level.

Researchers have discovered the major reason why perovskite solar cells degrade in sunlight and developed a way to prevent it from happening.

By utilizing silicon nanoparticles, researchers have developed an electrical contact for solar cells that combines high passivation and conductivity.

Researchers have developed an advanced brain-computer interface with a flexible and moldable backing and penetrating microneedles.

Researchers have shown how the photon-spin interface in a novel europium molecular crystal can be used to entangle nuclear spin qubits.

Researchers have used data-driven methods to predict 28 likely representatives of a new class of 2D metal oxides.

carbon fiber-based composite battery electrodes could pave the way for high-performance structural components with energy storage capabilities

Researchers have discovered that magnetism is key to understanding the behavior of electrons in so-called ‘high-temperature’ superconductors.

Researchers have created a foam-like shock-absorbing material that protects like a metal but is lighter, stronger and reusable.

Adding a bit of liquid electrolyte to a solid-state battery can greatly increase its performance while only having a small impact on safety.

Researchers have shown that their novel protein-like polymers make a better adhesive than the mussel glue that inspired them.

Researchers have shown that slightly twisted 2D transition metal dichalcogenides can display room-temperature ferroelectricity.

new coating for titanium implants combines antimicrobial peptides with silver nanoparticles for dual impact

Researchers have developed a novel process for predicting and guiding the ordered creation of strong yet flexible diamond nanothreads.

Researchers have developed flexible yet mechanically robust bioelectronic membranes made from layers of the 2D material molybdenum disulfide.

Using computer modeling and experimental data, researchers can now predict, with unprecedented precision, when a soft material will crack and fail.

Using X-rays, researchers have tracked lithium metal deposition and removal from battery anodes during charging and discharging.

A novel approach for detecting non-uniformities in the optical properties of 2D materials could allow them to be used for sensing applications.

Researchers have shown that, under the right conditions, proteins can form tiny, current-carrying wires, for use in nanoelectronics.

Scientists have captured high-resolution images of a tiny aluminum single-crystal sample as it transitions from an elastic to a plastic state.

light-activated soft robot based on miniaturized Au nanorods in a liquid crystal network can propel itself across water

For the first time, researchers have discovered an exotic ‘multiferroic’ state in a 2D material.

Researchers have created an ionogel made from a mixture of polymers and an ionic liquid that is very stretchable and extremely tough.

Researchers have discovered a long-predicted magnetic state of matter called an ‘antiferromagnetic excitonic insulator’.

Researchers have found a way to reduce the 'hairs' that can form on nanocrystals, greatly improving their ability to function together electronically.

Researchers have found a way to bind diphosphorus to a single metal center to produce a stable molecular complex.

Using a novel characterization technique, researchers have uncovered previously unexpected symmetry breaking in a complex quantum material.

metal-free electrocatalysts based on organic molecules with napthalenediimide (NDI) functional groups offer a promising alternative to Pt catalysts

Using artificial intelligence, researchers analyzed new kinds of atomic-scale microscopic images to understand exactly why batteries wear out.

Researchers have developed a nanomaterial-containing penetrating sealer that is better able to protect concrete from moisture and salt.

Scientists have unexpectedly discovered that the phonons in a nonmagnetic semiconducting crystal can respond to magnetic fields.

Antimicrobial coating cuts odor through repeat washes

simple method produces anatase-based Ti carbo-oxides, as well as other 2D nanomaterials at ambient conditions from inexpensive green precursors

Researchers have developed novel processes for producing water-resistant packaging material from apple waste.

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