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Surface science news

Surface roughness can cause materials to exert different amounts of force on each other depending on if they're being pushed together or pulled apart.

Tiny, electrically charged crinkles in graphene sheets can interact with molecules on the surface, causing the molecules to line up along the crinkles.

A new electron microscopy technique has revealed how atomic species attached to layers of the 2D material MXene can affect its properties.

Researchers have developed a new oil-based coating for metal that self-heals within seconds when scratched, scraped or cracked.

Textile researchers have found a simple process for coating silk with ZnO

Using a new theory called stress localization, scientists have created a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface.

Chinese researchers develop the world’s first ‘living biofilm’ adhesive with tuneable behaviour

Research could improve layered materials and predict earthquakes

A new surface plasmon resonance sensor based on the 2D material antimonene can sensitively detect microRNA associated with cancer.

A new catalyst made of nanometer-thin sheets of metal carbide can generate hydrogen from water just as efficiently as platinum-based catalysts.

Microfluidic foam generation system for enabling customizable and "wet" foams in tiny amounts

By studying how peptides assemble, researchers have discovered that some materials can avoid the nucleation barrier by growing one row at a time.

Congratulations to Prof M Stanley Whittingham.

Circularly polarized light delivered at a particular angle to C-shaped gold nanoparticles produced a plasmonic response unlike any discovered before.

Researchers have accomplished the first detailed high-speed imaging and analysis of the process that occurs when a microparticle impacts a surface.

Nanoantibiotics could provide new ways of treating drug-resistant 'superbugs' and reducing the amounts of traditional antibiotics used

A novel thin-film material can rapidly transition from an electricity-transmitting metal to an insulator without changing its atomic structure.

Physicists have found the first evidence for a 2D material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even when it is not placed in a magnetic field.

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

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