Surface science news, January 2020

Scientists have created self-assembled monolayers that are stable in air, made from spherical buckyballs with 'tails' of of ethylene glycol.

A nanoparticle comprising tiny spheres of copper dotted with single atoms of ruthenium makes an effective light-powered catalyst for producing syngas.

A new method for growing thin layers of the semiconductor gallium nitride can produce high-power transistors.

Second-order nonlinear optical effects can be induced in a titanium dioxide slab by covering it in gold triangles.

Scientists have found a way to study the structure and properties of the underside of a freestanding complex oxide thin film.

Droplets containing chain-like liquid crystal molecules with different lengths can transform into complex shapes when the temperature drops.

A novel polymer sponge covered in nanocrystalline silicon can remove over 90% of oil microdroplets from wastewater within 10 minutes.

nanocrystal core-shell catalyst for fuel cells uses less Pt but drives the oxygen reduction reaction more efficiently and is more durable

2019 Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes the development of high-quality growth methods for III-V compound semiconductor materials

A plastic wrap with a nanostructured, chemically treated surface can repel everything that comes into contact with it, including viruses and bacteria.

New color fabric approach that helps control its spread of disease

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