Optical materials news, March 2018

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.

Find out about the winners of this year's Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

Scientists have created a new method for doping germanium with desired foreign atoms, creating new materials with significantly altered properties.

By inserting positively charged ammonium molecules between the layers, scientists have developed a novel way to make superlattices of 2D materials.

A new technique can ‘sew’ two patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to create atomically-thin fabrics for use in electronic devices.

Adding a small molecule to act as an electron donor and enhance the absorption of the active layer can improve the efficiency of an organic solar cell.

NiOx-based perovskite materials promise low-cost, highly efficient, flexible solar photovoltaic devices.

Understanding why a 2D material grown on a sapphire substrate had worse properties than predicted has allowed scientists to improve those properties.

A novel imaging technique uses a tiny needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2D images to reconstruct a 3D picture,

Nanoparticle-decorated bioactive glass provides a scaffold for bone regrowth and the capacity for photothermal treatment to target tumor cells.

Researchers used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy to make.

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