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Materials news, September 2022

Could solar windows harvest energy from the rain?

For the first time, researchers have worked out how to 3D-print a particularly strong form of stainless steel.

A novel nanophotonic material made from oxide layers can control the flow of infrared radiation and withstand high temperatures in air.

Sustainable zinc battery with a biodegradable electrolyte

egg white proteins can be transformed into ultralightweight carbon aerogels for highly efficient water purification

By doping with a high-entropy alloy, researchers have been able to make lithium-ion battery cathodes with nickel rather than cobalt.

Researchers have developed a programmable soft metasurface that can continuously change its shape.

Researchers have developed a new software platform that allows users to upload, analyze and share measurements of surface roughness.

Researchers have developed a colloidal synthesis method for producing alkaline-earth chalcogenide nanocrystals wth defined sizes.

3D printing of simulated Mars rock and dust

conductive cotton thread can be machine-embroidered onto textiles to create wearable sensors

Researchers have discovered that the nanoscale events that occur at the surface of metals when they’re deformed can predict their fatigue strength.

A new design principle can predict whether metallic compounds are likely to host topological states that arise from strong electron interactions.

High-quality cathode material made from sodium

Using a tip made from a samarium hexaboride nanowire, researchers have been able to image magnetic features with a scanning tunneling microscope.

Researchers have unexpectedly discovered that iron-germanium crystals with a kagome lattice display both magnetism and charge density waves.

Researchers have created a metal nanoparticle called a 'nanorattle' that can amplify and detect signals from cancer-detecting nanoprobes.

Researchers have developed a 3D nanolattice that possesses a property known as anelasticity, which could form the basis for tiny shock absorbers.

Researchers have developed a sprayable ice-shedding material that is 100 times stronger than any others.

Researchers have developed a nano-engineered metasurface that can produce complex webs of entangled photons.

A novel iron pyrite metasurface can transcend the Moss rule, which describes a trade-off between a material’s optical absorption and how it refracts light.

For the first time, researchers have used electron microscopy to observe the unique microstructure of a novel, lead-free ferroelectric material.

block copolymer self-assembly combined with 3D printing creates ceramics with nano- to microscale porosity

New curing technique speeds up direct ink writing

Researchers have developed a novel 2D magentic material where magnons pair with excitons, offering a way to detect these spinning quasiparticles.

Researchers have come up with a method for turning 3D printable polymers into lightweight, ultra-tough, biocompatible hybrid carbon microlattices.

Researchers have demonstrated a new magnetized edge state in a monolayer of tungsten ditelluride.

Using selectively doped gallium nitride, researchers have created new high-power electronic devices that are more energy efficient than previous versions.

Researchers have discovered why friction and wear are reduced when two metal surfaces slide against each other at very high speeds.

Scientists have created a zinc battery that contains a sustainable, biodegradable gel electrolyte made from crab shells.

Researchers have discovered that stress gradients in a solid electrolyte that affect the passage of ions can lead to the failure of solid-state batteries.

Researchers have developed copper-based metal oxides that can take part in redox reactions for carbon capture at high temperatures.

Researchers have synthesized a novel class of metallic superlattices that combine one-dimensional and two-dimensional materials.

Researchers have demonstrated a prominent superconducting diode effect in three twisted layers of graphene, without an external magnetic field.

Researchers unexpectedly discovered that a nanoparticle they developed can exhibit superfluorescence at both room temperature and regular intervals.

Inspired by how termites build their nests, a novel algorithm uses simple rules to design architected materials with unique mechanical properties.

Researchers have built a 'light trap' that allows a beam of light to be completely absorbed by even the thinnest layers of material.

Researchers have created the first example of an engineering material that can simultaneously sense, think and act upon mechanical stress.

Researchers have developed a low-cost battery that uses aluminum and sulfur as electrode materials, with a molten salt electrolyte in between.

Researchers have discovered that vanadium dioxide is capable of ‘remembering’ the entire history of previous external stimuli.

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