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Surface science news, August 2017

By interpenetrating two polymers, scientists have developed a novel supercapacitor that is flexible and can store a lot of charge very quickly.

Hybrid photoactive materials with more stable and more rigid dyes obtained.

A novel process can convert carbon dioxide into 3D graphene with micropores across its surface, which could make an ideal supercapacitor material.

Scientists have simultaneously designed an optimal material for light management in solar cells and fabricated the nanostructured surfaces.

A composite of a polymer and a 2D material can store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers.

Scientists have used a laser to turn the surface of pine wood into a form of graphene, potentially offering a way to produce biodegradable electronics.

Defects in the structure of topological insulators can cause electron transport to occur in the bulk rather than just at the surface.

Naturally occurring fatty acids that cover insect wings can be used to form ‘mechanobactericidal’ coating.

A new super-strong ‘tough adhesive’ is biocompatible and binds firmly to biological tissues even when they're wet.

The granules in copper can never fit together perfectly and so are forced to rotate, causing an unexpected level of surface roughness.

Monolayer 2D transition metal dichalcogenides undergo a phase change from semiconductor to metallic when exposed to airborne chemicals.

Quality control tool for MoS2 promises improved 2D material for next generation electronics and optoelectronics.

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