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Materials news, May 2022

Flexible patch gives wounds the signal to heal

flexible electrical patch based on a hydrogel impregnated with antibacterial silver nanowires speeds up wound healing

New study takes aim at stronger metals

By firing microscopic particles at a surface, researchers have been able to study how the tiny crystalline grains in solid metals form at the nanoscale.

Researchers have shown that knot theory can be used to understand the behavior of electrons in quantum materials such as topological magnets.

Researchers have discovered that superconductivity can be intertwined in unexpected ways with ripples of electrons known as charge density waves.

For the first time, researchers have managed to reliably synthesize a new allotrope of carbon called graphyne.

Using multiple supercomputers, researchers have discovered that 90% of all known crystalline structures contain at least one topological property.

Researchers have developed a new approach to creating topological insulators by etching a novel chained, honeycomb-lattice design into silica.

Researchers used computational models to understand how tungsten oxide catalysts interact with hydrogen at the molecular level.

Researchers have shown that nanowires made from a specific isotope of silicon can conduct heat 150% more efficiently than normal silicon nanowires.

Using nanometer-thick organic semiconducting films, researchers have, for the first time, mapped how energy flows in organic solar cells.

Researchers have developed a theoretical model to explain how block copolymers can form complex structures known as double-gyroids.

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to automatically design large-scale metasurfaces for focusing, shaping and controlling light.

Researchers have developed a novel coating that can give paper some of the properties of plastic, including enhanced strength and water-resistance.

Splitting electron spins in magnetic material

Renewable hydrogen production using perovskites

Invention could lead to renewable energy being stored and moved around

Using a ceramic electrolyte, researchers have developed a tiny glucose fuel cell that produces the highest power density under ambient conditions.

Researchers have shown that electric currents can flow along a topological insulator nanowire more easily in one direction than the other.

Researchers have developed a method for simultaneously synthesizing and analyzing novel materials under very high compression pressures.

Computational detective work by a team of researchers has confirmed that cerium zirconium pyrochlore is a 3D quantum spin liquid.

A unique ‘stroboscopic camera' has captured the trajectory of atomic motion as vanadium dioxide transitions from an insulator to a metal.

Researchers have invented a novel device known as a ‘catalytic condenser’ that can electronically modify one metal to behave like another.

Researchers have uncovered the previously hidden sub-nanoscale origins of the exceptional thermoelectric properties of silver gallium telluride.

Researchers have combined scanning probe microscopy with machine learning to study the functional properties of materials at the nanoscale.

Researchers have discovered a novel strategy for using an antiferromagnet to switch the magnetization in thin layers of a ferromagnet.

Researchers have created a zinc oxide ‘metalens’ that can transform incoming long-wave UV light into a focused output of vacuum UV radiation.

Researchers have created a new qubit platform for quantum computing by trapping a single electron in a frozen neon gas.

A polysulfide-air redox flow battery with not one but two membranes overcomes the main problem with this type of large-scale battery.

Researchers have designed a catalyst of ruthenium atoms in a mesh of copper nanowires to extract ammonia and fertilizer from wastewater.

Researchers have developed a 'throttle' for accelerating light-based hybrid particles known as polaritons to nearly the speed of light.

Researchers have discovered layered 2D materials able to host magnetic features called skyrmions that remain stable at room temperature.

A new study has revealed that battery decay is caused by both the individual behavior of electrode particles and how those particles behave in groups.

3D-printed, deformable electrodes and separators based on nanocellulose are promising for stretchable Li-ion batteries

Researchers have developed a process for fabricating tiny fibers from face masks, which can help strengthen and protect cement concrete.

Researchers have discovered a combination of acids that can gently separate carbon nanotubes in solution and turn them into films and fibers.

Researchers have devised a treatment process that allows them to heat nanocellulose paper to make it superconducting without damaging its structure.

Using a thin film of piezoelectric material, researchers have created a paper-thin loudspeaker that can turn any surface into an active audio source.

New glass-in-glass fabrication process

By utilizing holes of different sizes, shapes and orientations, researchers can now produce porous materials with customizable properties.

Researchers have created synthetic nanoclusters that can organize themselves all the way from the nanometer to the centimeter scale.

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