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Ultrathin material lights up at a stretch

A six-atom thick bilayer of tungsten diselenide exhibited a 100-fold increase in photoluminescence when subjected to strain.

Iron ore yields novel 2D material

Scientists have extracted a novel 2D material, termed hematene, from a common iron ore, which could prove of use in solar cells and spintronic devices.

Ceramic transition metal nanoparticle complexes coated with amino acids combine optical properties and chiral asymmetry.

Giant photo-effect in graphene decorated with Pt nanoparticles boosts proton transport and hydrogen generation.

The Acta Journals are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Reviewer awards for excellence in reviewing in 2017.

New sensing strategy enables biological targets to be tracked and imaged in vitro and in vivo with high spatial and temporal accuracy.

By photodoping silicon cylinders, researchers have built the first metal-free, dynamically tunable metamaterial for controlling electromagnetic waves.

Using various analytical techniques, researchers have established how hydrogen bonding plays a key role in the performance of perovskite solar cells.

Salt aids the creation of 2D materials by lowering the energetic barrier that otherwise prevents the component molecules from reacting with each other.

By combining buckyballs with a molecular charge-transfer compound, scientists have produced a 2D nanosheet that expands on exposure to light.

Find out about the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding review awards from the Acta Journals.

Researchers have developed a smooth, durable, clear polymer coating that swiftly sheds water, oils, alcohols and even peanut butter.

A novel database of inorganic thin-film materials for energy applications developed by NREL scientists contains more than 140,000 sample entries.

Constant illumination relaxes the crystal lattice of a perovskite material, making it more efficient at collecting sunlight and converting it to energy.

A novel smart ink can produce 3D objects that change shape and color, such as reducing to 1% their original size with 10-times the resolution.

A novel method can produce linked networks of metal oxides, held together by boron, that possess interesting catalytic or electronic properties.

An aluminum-based material can quickly change how it reflects heat, by smoothing or wrinkling its surface after being stretched or electrically triggered.

Chemists have found a sodium-based material that offers a cheap and non-toxic alternative to lead-containing perovskites for use in solar cells.

Sewing patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to produce atomically thin fabrics.

Polyurethane/black phosphorous composite is a biodegradable, remotely trigged shape memory polymer.

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