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Surface science news, September 2021

New nano semiconductor materials show promise

Synthesis of molecular nano “spheres” with potential for semiconductors

Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings, operated by Penn State and Rice Universities, secures $1.5 million in Phase II funding from NSF

Subjecting combinations of oils with different conductivities to an electric field causes them to adopt unusual shapes and patterns, like square droplets.

Using a novel gel, engineers can grow tiny replicas of the pancreas called pancreatic organoids, using either healthy or cancerous pancreatic cells.

By synthesizing the first 1D cuprate that can be doped, scientists have uncovered an unexpectedly strong nearest-neighbor attraction between electrons.

Inspired by cell membranes, novel polymer membranes can separate fluoride from chloride and other ions with twice the selectivity of other methods.

Researchers have discovered how to get cheap commercial silica nanocages to trap noble gases like argon, krypton and xenon.

By anchoring individual iridium atoms to a surface, scientists have produced a highly effective catalyst for splitting water to generate oxygen.

By encasing a liquid metal alloy in a hydrogel, researchers have produced a material that can convert movement into electricity when dry or wet.

By utilizing silver terraces as a substrate, engineers have, for the first time, managed to create a double layer of atomically flat borophene.

Properties of bamboo inspire more efficient battery electrodes

"Carbon-based materials for electrocatalysis: tailored functionalities towards activity and selectivity"

Researchers have developed a model for predicting how the compositions of catalytic metal alloys and oxides affect their electronic structures.

Microplastics shown to stress cell membranes through physical processes

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