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Optical materials news, September 2017

Scientists have discovered that stable glasses can possess optical properties such as birefringence that are usually only found in ordered materials.

Nanocomposite makes printing glass a synch

Silica nanopowder in a polymeric matrix makes fused silica glass amenable to modern 3D-printing methods.

Self-assembling nanoparticle arrays that change between a mirror and a window.

By controlling the distance between nanoparticles in a single layer, researchers have made a filter that can change between reflecting and transparent.

Defects in the molecular structure of perovskite solar cells can be ‘healed’ by exposing them to light, oxygen and just the right amount of humidity.

Windows coated with thermochromic vanadium dioxide nanoparticles can let heat in during winter and keep it out in summer.

Fernando Torres recipient of 2017 Embracing Challenge award

Coming soon, to a bookshelf near you.

A novel way to measure the band gap of the 2D material molybdenum disulfide has revealed the link between its electronic and optical properties.

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