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Surface science news, October 2017

Nanocrystalline copper can't go flat out

High-resolution study of a nanocrystalline copper surface reveals a pattern of tilted grains creating a landscape of valleys and ridges.

Flaky technique provides window on catalytic activity of 2D materials

A new technique that uses an electron beam to burn tiny windows into a polymer can measure the catalytic activity of 2D materials.

By finding a way to sprinkle the surface of lead-sulphide quantum dots with extra sulphur, scientists have enhanced their charge transport properties.

A new 2D film made of polymers and nanoparticles can direct two different non-mixing liquids into a variety of exotic architectures.

Scientists have uncovered a strategy for using surface tension to grow perovskites into centimeter-scale, highly pure crystals.

By precisely controlling the size and positioning of quantum dots in a superlattice, scientists are able to finely tune its optical properties.

A novel fabric-like material electrode could help make batteries and supercapacitors faster and less susceptible to leaks or meltdowns.

Frictional, structural, and mechanical studies of hind leg femur-tibia joint of katydids reveals novel antifriction and antiwear properties.

Micrometer-sized particles can be used to stabilize beer foam, and could also lead to the development of advanced functional materials.

Two new energy storage technologies, comprising a novel electrode and catalyst, could enhance lithium-ion batteries or replace them entirely.

New research shows the potential of using nickel-based coatings to mitigate corrosion by molten salts in concentrating solar power plants.

Using light and humidity to heal the defects in perovskites for solar cells.

A thin layer of oxidation on graphene-wrapped magnesium nanoparticles can enhance rather than hinder their hydrogen storage.

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