Surface science news, July 2019

Researchers have shown that coating zinc oxide nanowires with amorphous titania can enhance their ability to catalyze the water-splitting reaction.

CNTs produce sticky tape for extreme environments

Artificial proteins can self-assemble on a crystal surface by matching the pattern of amino acids in the protein with the atoms of the crystal.

Using a novel etching process, researchers have been able to fabricate fins on a novel semiconducting material, thereby enhancing its surface area.

Researchers have discovered a phenomenon that allows block copolymers to self-assemble in patterns that deviate from regular symmetrical arrays.

new proactive risk governance system can keep pace with development and should lead to safer nanomaterials, products, and processes

Using x-ray spectroscopy, researchers have produced a ‘movie’ of thin film growth that depicts the process more accurately than ever before.

A new method for getting high-energy photons striking silicon to kick out two electrons instead of one could produce more efficient solar cells.

By energizing precursor molecules using a supersonic jet of inert gas, researchers have been able to accelerate the fabrication of nanomaterials.

A new membrane made from water-wet materials with gas-entrapping pores can perform a type of desalination known as membrane distillation.

Leaves provided the template for hierarchical porous structures of mixed-metal oxides that act as supports for metal-organic framework crystals.

By utilizing theory and experiment, researchers have managed to improve the performance of liquefied gas electrolytes with lithium-metal anodes.

Researchers have used X-ray tomography to visualize how cracks form near the edges of the interfaces between materials in solid-state batteries.

Gold heterostructures could potentially be used to demonstrate the existence and nature of quantum particles known as Majorana fermions.

new insight into hematite nanorods could help future development of photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting

By taking advantage of defects, scientists have created new inorganic crystals made of stacks of atomically thin sheets that unexpectedly spiral.

A new NMR technique is able to determine the atomic-scale location and distribution of functional groups on mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

Placing a topological insulator on a thin superconducting film has revealed a novel form of electron tunneling known as Klein tunneling.

set of basic design rules maps out the synthesis of interfaces in nanoparticles made from multiple elemental components

Precision analysis with laser light reveals the secrets of transporting drugs across membranes

lithographic patterning of graphene down to 10 nm engineers the band gap

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