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Optical materials news, November 2018

A silicon photonic crystal with topological geometry can transmit light round corners with virtually no loss at smaller scales than ever before.

Liquid crystals can template the formation of arrays of polymer nanofibers to produce coatings that are sticky, repellent, insulating or light emitting.

better understanding of stability of perovskites will aid application in large-area or flexible solar energy systems

Find out the recipients of the 2018 Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Investigator Award.

Researchers have used 2D materials to construct metalenses that are one-tenth to one-half the thickness of the wavelengths of light they focus.

Scientists have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light by self-assembling a mesh of polymer nanowires that conduct electricity.

By incorporating a network of elastic additives, chemical engineers have increased the flexibility of a conventional organic photovoltaic material.

Using a phase-change material, engineers have developed a novel film for the windows in buildings that can reject 70% of the sun's incoming heat.

A new electron microscopy technique can reveal how nanomaterials change in response to illumination with different wavelengths of light.

A new metal-organic framework can simultaneously produce hydrogen and clean pollutants from water when irradiated with visible light.

Ultrafast X-ray laser pulses have revealed that the insulator-to-metal transition of vanadium dioxide is more complicated than originally thought.

A new machine learning algorithm predicted the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in order to find efficient phosphors for LED lighting.

Efficient spintronic interface improves quantum IT

Japanese art of paper cutting and folding kirigami transforms flat, two-dimensional cutouts in gold films into three-dimensional nanoscale structures

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