Materials news, January 2023

Using an atomic force microscope, researchers have been able to determine the distribution of potassium ions on the surface of mica.

A novel, injectable nanofiber-hydrogel composite loaded with stem cells can effectively treat the perianal fistulas associated with Crohn’s disease.

self-sensing, self-healing composite could extend the life of composites used in transport and renewable energy applications

Engineers have designed miniature robots made from a novel phase-shifting material that can rapidly and reversibly shift between liquid and solid states.

High-frequency sound waves can remove the rust that inhibits the performance of a novel battery technology based on the 2D material MXene.

Researchers have developed an electrochemical transistor based on a new kind of electronic polymer and a vertical, instead of planar, architecture.

Researchers have shown that shining a laser through a tube filled with a particular ionic liquid can downshift the laser’s energy and change its color.

Engineers have created a film made of liquid crystal elastomers that can leap high into the air like a grasshopper.

Researchers have developed a novel method that allows them to grow pure, defect-free 2D materials on industrial silicon wafers.

thin films of zirconium oxide could enable a next generation of low-voltage and -power nonvolatile memory and other nanoscale devices

Electrode screen-printing process for health monitoring

A new type of material made from millions of identical, interlocking molecules can form 2D and 3D structures that are flexible, strong and resilient.

Researchers have shown that the presence of topological phases in magnetic materials can be directly verified by simply measuring the scattering of light.

new scaffold material support bone regeneration and regrowth, while reducing chance of infection

Italian researchers look to cellulose and carbon for ingestible devices

Improved high-voltage, hermetically sealed microbattery design

Researchers have created a biopolymer sensor for detecting various pathogens and molecules that can be printed onto a wide range of materials.

A novel nano-coating can protect spacecraft and satellites from harsh solar radiation while also harvesting energy for future use.

Breakthrough in light-driven microelectronic devices

Researchers have shown that the electromagnetic wave jamming of the 2D material MXene can be dynamically contolled by aplying a small voltage.

Researchers used a novel artificial intelligence technique to discover three new nanostructures, including a first-of-its-kind nanoscale ‘ladder'.

Researchers have developed an easy and cheap method for producing wearable electrodes entirely by screen-printing.

Researchers have developed an integrated photonic circuit made of lithium niobate that can produce, tailor and control terahertz waves.

By adding plasmonic gold nanoparticles, researchers have greatly increased the efficiency of pyroelectric catalysis for hydrogen production.

Researchers have found a way to stop cellulose nanocrystals from clumping together in liquid, by covering them in negatively charged cellulose chains.

Using a novel technique, a durable coating for converting toxic gases in the air into less toxic substances can be precisely integrated into fabric.

Using saltwater and nanoengineering, researchers have produced a novel aqueous battery that could help prevent electric vehicle fires.

A new catalyst technology can convert corn into chemicals used in the manufacture of products such as paints, coatings and diapers.

Researchers have developed a new method for detecting the exact moment when a defect known as a keyhole forms in printed metal parts.

Adding more charge-accepting ligands to the surface of semiconducting nanocrystals can produce interactions that reduce the rate of electron transfer.

Researchers have discovered that electrons play a surprising role in how energy is transferred between layers of 2D semiconductor materials.

By coating porous electrodes in a light-harvesting material, researchers have developed a device that can produce hydrogen fuel from humidity and sunlight.

Researchers have developed a stretchable strain sensor that is both sensitive and capable of withstanding significant deformation.

Researchers have developed a novel method for synthesizing freestanding thin films made of metal oxide.

A new method of heating and cooling called ‘ionocaloric cooling’ uses the movement of ions to induce a phase change in a mixture of salt and solvent.

incorporating bacteria-derived biomass directly into biocomposites could save costs

electrochemical, microfluidic polymer-based biosensor uses CRISPR assays to offer quick, low-cost, accurate point-of-care testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection

A combination of high-powered electron microscopy and computational modeling has revealed what occurs when lithium-ion batteries degrade.

A novel nanobrafication method works by creating the 3D pattern of a material in a hydrogel and then shrinking it down to the nanoscale.

The combination of a novel form of graphene and silicon carbide crystals could offer a platform for replacing silicon in nanoelectronics.

Researchers have found a way to produce a gel sheet that can absorb and hold about three times more water-based liquid than a paper towel.

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