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Surface science news, September 2018

Microscopy technique reveals internal structure of reverse osmosis membrane

A novel electron microscopy technique has probed the internal structure of a polyamide membrane used for reverse osmosis at nanoscale resolution.

Vanadium-hydrogen battery goes with the flow

Rechargeable vanadium-hydrogen (V-H2) flow battery could be simplest option for renewable energy storage.

X-ray studies have revealed that the pathways lithium ions take through a common battery material are more complex than previously thought.

inexpensive catalyst for water splitting could support a future hydrogen economy by enabling hydrogen to be produced readily and inexpensively

Boride nanowires deposited on carbon fiber cloth could form the basis of high capacity, stable supercapacitors for energy storage devices.

N-doped titania photocatalysts on oxidised carbon nanotube support show different properties and performance depending on the synthesis route that is used.

A new technique can create an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in topological insulators or 2D materials.

Adding a single layer of graphene on top of metal leaves being used for a coating process known as gilding doubles the protective quality.

A novel, nature-inspired, microtextured surface can help to decrease frictional drag at the interface between liquids and solids.

As much as 100 times more heat than predicted by standard radiation theory can flow between the edges of two very thin semiconductor plates.

Universal adhesive made up of equal amounts of liquid and solid polymers works in both air and underwater.

A new boron nitride lift-off technique could be used to produce tandem solar cells that combine indium gallium nitride and silicon.

Scientists have developed a new electron microscopy method that allows them to observe the crystallization process for 2D materials.

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