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Materials news, October 2022

Using a novel form of electron microscopy, researchers have directly visualized the photocarrier transport properties of cubic boron arsenide.

Monitoring kidney function might get less invasive

For the first time, researchers formed a rare-earth complex on a gold surface and then rotated it with a scanning tunneling microscope.

Plasmon spectroscopy answers key questions for future electronics

Researchers have shown that ruthenium dioxide nanoparticles doped with nickel make a cheap and effective anode catalyst for splitting water.

Using 2D semiconductors, researchers have developed an optical spectrometer small enough to fit on a microchip.

Mechanical engineers have developed an artificial-intelligent material system that can learn behaviors over time and develop a ‘muscle memory’.

A novel composite coating made of the 2D material MXene and vanadium in a polymer solution can absorb and disburse electromagnetic radiation.

Researchers have come up with a speedy way to produce an iron-nickel alloy found in meteorites that could replace rare-earth magnets.

Water-repellent smart sensor alerts when wearer is drowning

For the first time, researchers have successfully 3D bioprinted a breast cancer tumor, which they have then treated with anticancer drugs.

Some materials retain memory of previous stretching

Fast water desalination helped by new type of membrane

Using a novel microscopy technique, researchers have tracked the movement of lithium ions inside a promising new battery material in real time.

A novel analytical toolkit for measuring the binding forces between single proteins and a substrate like cellulose could help to develop new nanomaterials.

Using light and a catalyst, researchers have been able to produce a soft and stretchy version and a hard and rigid version of the same polymer.

Researchers have shown that colloidal crystals comprising arrays of nanoparticles held together by DNA have shape-memory properties.

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning model that can predict the heat capacity of metal-organic frameworks

Loop currents could explain how a quantum material is able to switch from an insulator to a conductor when exposed to a magnetic field.

A new class of carbide materials is capable of producing tunable plasmonic properties while withstanding incredibly high temperatures.

Researchers have developed a way to engineer the surfaces of materials that makes them both hydrophilic and very slippery.

For the first time, researchers have shown that the topological properties of a quantum material can be switched on and off with a magnetic field.

Researchers have developed a solid-state ‘twisted’ crystalline layered material that can give rise to tiny light-emitting points called color centers.

The silk naturally produced by silkworms can be made 70% stronger than spider silks by removing a sticky outer layer and then manually spinning it.

Researchers have determined how memories form in materials called disordered solids and how existing memories can be ‘read’ and even erased.

Researchers have developed a shape-memory material made of ceramic rather than metal, which can operate at much higher temperatures.

A breakthrough catalytic process can transform the most widely produced plastic into the second-most widely produced plastic.

Researchers have discovered how to use a laser beam to control the spin of electrons, and therefore the magnetic order, within a 2D semiconductor.

Researchers have created a new formula for the world's whitest paint based on hexagonal boron nitride, making it thinner and lighter.

Using stretchable semiconductor polymers, researchers have developed synaptic transistors that can act like neurons in the brain.

Researchers have created a new way to self-assemble materials, by using sticky DNA strands to fold up chains of oil droplets.

Researchers have developed a method of 3D printing that promises to create prints faster, using multiple types of polymer resin in a single object.

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind, plant-inspired extrusion process for growing synthetic material for soft robots.

Researchers have created thicker, faster-charging electrodes for lithium-ion batteries by using a magnet to vertically align 2D materials.

Using an inexpensive temperature-growth method, researchers have managed to produce single-crystal perovskite optical fibers.

Researchers have developed a silk-based material that can repel both water and almost anything that contains water.

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