Surface science news, March 2018

Cheaper and easier smart windows

Energy efficient windows through solution-based deposition.

Sewing patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to produce atomically thin fabrics.

Scientists have shown that both the proportion and distribution of chemical groups at the surface of silica dictates how it interacts with water.

A new chemical vapor deposition method can produce single-crystal-like graphene films by supplying hydrocarbon molecules to the edge of the growing film.

Scientists used advanced electron microscopy techniques to study the atomic structure of the surface and interior of a lithium-ion battery electrode.

Researchers have discovered more details about the way certain materials hold a static electric charge even after two surfaces separate.

Understanding why a 2D material grown on a sapphire substrate had worse properties than predicted has allowed scientists to improve those properties.

Carbon nanotubes and graphene in a branch-and-leaves design produce a super-efficient and long-lasting electrode for supercapacitors.

Using experiments and modeling, scientists have found that interactions between layers of 2D titanium disulfide are stronger than theory suggests.

Hybrid electrode material enables fast ion conduction through continuous ceramic fibers, flexibility, and ability to use polymer roll-to-roll processing.

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