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Surface science news, April 2018

Defects prove beneficial for 2D materials

Defects in two-dimensional materials can enhance their physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and catalytic properties.

Scientists have developed a model that draws on oxidation kinetics to explain how stress affects the formation and spread of oxide layers in alloys.

Find out about the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding review awards from the Acta Journals.

Researchers have developed a smooth, durable, clear polymer coating that swiftly sheds water, oils, alcohols and even peanut butter.

Using caffeine as a catalyst, researchers have devised a way to create gummy, biocompatible gels that could be used for medical applications.

Scientists have witnessed exotic superconductivity in the material ytterbium-bismuth-platinum that relies on highly unusual electron interactions.

Physicists have induced magnetism in platinum by applying an electric field in a paramagnetic ionic liquid, creating a switchable 2D ferromagnet.

A solid oxide protective coating for metals, when applied in sufficiently thin layers, can deform as if it were a liquid, filling any cracks and gaps.

An aluminum-based material can quickly change how it reflects heat, by smoothing or wrinkling its surface after being stretched or electrically triggered.

Using a nanoparticle 'supersoap', scientists have developed a way to print three-dimensional structures composed entirely of liquids.

When placed between the two electrodes of a lithium-metal battery, a graphene oxide 'nanosheet' can prevent the formation of lithium dendrites.

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