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Surface science news, December 2015

A new process that uses vapor, rather than liquid, to grow metal-organic frameworks could lead to a new breed of powerful electronic devices.

CVD for MOF fab

Metal organic framework materials using CVD.

Counting electrons to boost catalyst efficiency

Top 5 news items of 2015 from Materials Today.

Scientists have developed a freeze-casting technique that allows them to design and create strong, tough and lightweight materials.

A novel hydrocarbon-based nanomaterial could be a ‘green’ replacement for superhydrophobic fluorocarbons.

A new anti-reflection coating made up of metal nanopillars lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity in optoelectronic devices.

Adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface of a solar cell can more than double the amount of energy it produces.

Nanoscale octopods made of gold and palladium can do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors.

Scientists have developed novel catalysts made from self-assembled porous silica material containing finely-positioned metal nanoparticles.

Scientists have used scanning transmission electron microscopy to track atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts.

A new method for manufacturing 3D nanostructures uses a mask that can define a pattern on two sides of a silicon wafer simultaneously.

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