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Surface science news, March 2019

Researchers have found that thin layers of niobium arsenide, a Weyl semimetal, have three times the conductivity of copper at room temperature.

Researchers have found that phase-switching liquids can delay ice and frost formation up to 300 times longer than state-of-the-art anti-ice coatings.

‘living glue’ inspired by marine organisms like barnacles and mussels works underwater or in highly damp or humid conditions

fast-screening of potential non-noble metal two-dimensional catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction

Scientists have discovered the islands that form a new layer in a crystalline material tend to form in a pattern similar to the preceding layer.

Sandwiching a layer of graphene between two layers of 2D boron nitride can produce superlattices that confer novel electrical properties.

Scientists have used a new technique called ultrafast surface X-ray scattering to visualize the motion of atoms in a 2D material.

ultrafast X-ray imaging gives an insight into exactly what is happening during additive manufacturing of metal structures

Improved metal cutting for defense, vehicles and health products

Simulations of how surface roughness changes over time have revealed that surfaces are worn down by the action of debris particles between them.

By combining graphene with nano-ribbons of gold, researchers have developed an ultrasensitive biosensor for detecting disease-causing proteins.

The twist angle between layers of 2D semiconductors provides a ‘tuning knob’ to turn them into an exotic quantum material.

Novel simulations show that atom-sized steps on a substrate have the remarkable ability to keep monolayer crystal islands in alignment as they grow.

Researchers have shown that excitons can be trapped in the moiré pattern created by twisting a pair of 2D semiconductors.

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