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Optical materials news, April 2018

Novel 2D nanosheet expands when illuminated

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

Acta Journals’ Outstanding Reviewers in 2017

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.

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