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Surface science news, June 2020

New structural supercapacitor electrode produced from nanofiber materials

Polymer coating could help biomedical devices and crop sprays

Natural multifunctional green composite coating improves on conventional coatings

Researchers have found a new way to control harmful fungi, by developing polymer coatings that resist the attachment of these fungi.

A novel metasurface can operate as many birefringent materials in parallel, allowing more compact manipulation of light polarization.

Inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting, engineers have designed a friction-boosting material that could be used to coat the bottom of shoes.

Applying a magnetic field to small particles of nickel suspended at the surface of water causes them to assemble into a novel active material.

A felt of nickel microfibers has the optimum combination of surface area and bubble release for producing hydrogen via electrolysis.

Scientists have uncovered evidence that the 2D material tungsten ditelluride conducts electricity in very narrow channels at its outer edges.

Slippery kidney stone test

For the first time, researchers have synthesized large-scale 2D conjugated polymers, and thoroughly characterized their electronic properties.

Physicists have found surprising evidence that an electronic state known as the quantum Hall effect could be ‘reincarnated’ in 3D topological materials.

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