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Surface science news, October 2020

Researchers have grown twisting spirals by depositing sheets of 2D material on a substrate that was curved slightly by slipping a nanoparticle underneath.

Researchers have developed an electrochemically assisted membrane whose permeability to gases such as carbon dioxide can be switched on and off at will.

Thermochemical energy storage for renewable energy

New solar cell design improves their ability to absorb light

By adding a zeolite and tweaking the design, researchers have boosted the output of a system that can extract drinkable water directly from the air.

Bacterial biofilms can mechanically disrupt tissue means they could damage their host without using toxins

A new type of topological insulator can efficiently propagate an exotic form of quasiparticle known as an exciton-polariton at warmer temperatures.

A novel deposition method that utilizes liquid gallium is able to produce very large-scale 2D molybdenum disulphide without any grain boundaries.

By utilizing a soap-like film, researchers have managed to print organic semiconductor films on a special surface that is highly solution-repellent.

Multilayered solar panels with pristine interfaces have the potential to be 1.5 times more efficient than traditional silicon panels.

The natural world is proving a useful resource for building biocompatible and environmentally friendly bio-based devices

The movement of oxygen in a perovskite material covered in iron nanoparticles can switch it between highly catalytic and less catalytic states.

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