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Surface science news, October 2019

Scientists have shown that the presence of certain compounds in the liquid electrolyte of lithium batteries prompts the growth of dendrites and whiskers.

A subtle interaction between single atomic defects in the 2D material tungsten diselenide and mechanical strain causes it to emit quantum light.

Due to a new quantum mechanism, the heat generated by friction is significantly lower in topological insulators than in conventional materials.

Researchers have developed silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns, which can be erased by flooding the silk surface with vapor.

Complex shape-shifting lattices composed of multiple elastomeric materials can grow or shrink in response to changes in temperature.

Using a silver substrate and molecular-beam epitaxy , scientists were able to grow elongated, hexagon-shaped flakes of the 2D material borophene.

Researchers have found that graphene has many of the same mechanical properties as 3D graphite and is significantly thicker than widely believed.

As a step towards fabricating circuits from nanomaterials, engineers have created heterostructures from the 2D materials graphene and borophene.

Engineers have harnessed machine learning to design dielectric metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation.

Researchers have found that a crystal made of cobalt, manganese and gallium is a room-temperature topological magnet that hosts quantum loops.

Smart skin that responds to heat and sunlight

Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could usher in fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic activity and longevity.

Coating chlorine-etched aluminum foil with carbon nanotubes created a material that is 10 times blacker than anything previously reported.

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