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Materials Science News
August 13, 2020

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New Super-Resolution Method Reveals Fine Details Without Constantly Needing to Zoom in

Since the early 1930s, electron microscopy has provided unprecedented access to the alien world of the extraordinarily small, revealing intricate ...

Coffee Stains Inspire Optimal Printing Technique for Electronics

Using an alcohol mixture, researchers modified how ink droplets dry, enabling cheap industrial-scale printing of electronic devices at unprecedented ...

Spider Silk Inspires New Class of Functional Synthetic Polymers

Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. To overcome this problem, researchers decided ...

Quantum Materials Quest Could Benefit from Graphene That Buckles

Graphene buckles when cooled while attached to a flat surface, resulting in pucker patterns that could benefit the search for novel quantum materials and superconductors, according to new ...
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New Way to Check the Quality of Nanomaterials Like Graphene

A new way to check the quality of nanomaterials like graphene has ...

Efficient Valves for Electron Spins

Researchers have developed a new concept that uses the electron spin to switch an electrical current. In addition to fundamental research, such spin valves are also the key elements in spintronics -- ...

Molecular Additives Enhance Mechanical Properties of Organic Solar Cell Material

Computational experiments on semiconducting polymers show that under harsh loading conditions -- stretching and compression -- the addition of small molecules enhances performance and stability. The ...

Nanocrystals from Recycled Wood Waste Make Carbon-Fiber Composites Tougher

Researchers have used a natural plant product, called cellulose nanocrystals, to pin and coat carbon nanotubes uniformly onto the carbon-fiber composites. The researchers said their prescribed method ...

Stack and Twist: Physicists Accelerate the Hunt for Revolutionary New Materials

Scientists have taken an important step towards understanding the interaction between layers of atomically thin materials arranged in stacks. They hope their research will speed up the discovery of ...

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report that a simple, low-cost technique provided visual proof that face masks are effective in reducing droplet emissions during normal wear. They found that ...

Research Exposes New Vulnerability for SARS-CoV-2

Using nanometer-level simulations, researchers have discovered a positively charged site (known as the polybasic cleavage site) located 10 nanometers from the actual binding site on the spike ...

Storing Energy in Red Bricks

Red bricks -- some of the world's cheapest and most familiar building materials -- can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according ...

X-Rays Indicate That Water Can Behave Like a Liquid Crystal

Scientists have discovered that water can exhibit a similar behavior like a liquid crystal when illuminated with laser light. This effect originates by the alignment of water molecules, which exhibit ...

Long-Term Risks of Joint Implants

Using highly complex analytical techniques, a group of researchers were able to observe in detail how different metals are released from joint implants and accumulate in the surrounding bone tissue. ...

A New Way to Fabricate MXene Films That Block Electromagnetic Interference

Chemical and biomolecular engineers have demonstrated a novel approach to MXene fabrication that could lead to methods for at-scale production of MXene freestanding films: drop-casting onto ...

Breaking Molecular Traffic Jams With Finned Nanoporous Materials

Researchers are reporting the invention of a new class of porous catalysts that will speed up reactions, breaking the molecular traffic jam that can slow them down. The discovery has immediate ...

From Nanocellulose to Gold

When nanocellulose is combined with various types of metal nanoparticles, materials are formed with many new and exciting properties. They may be antibacterial, change color under pressure, or ...

Nanocatalysts That Remotely Control Chemical Reactions Inside Living Cells

The enzymes responsible for catalytic reactions in our body's biological reactions are difficult to use for diagnosis or treatment as they react only to certain molecules or have low stability. ...

Advance in Programmable Synthetic Materials

DNA information is stored in a sequence of chemical building blocks; computers store information as sequences of zeros and ones. Researchers want to transfer this concept to artificial molecules. ...

Materials Science Researchers Develop First Electrically Injected Laser

Materials science researchers have demonstrated the first electrically injected laser made with germanium tin. Used as a semiconducting material for circuits on electronic devices, the diode laser ...

A Titanate Nanowire Mask That Can Eliminate Pathogens

Researchers are working on a membrane made of titanium oxide nanowires, similar in appearance to filter paper but with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Their material works by using the ...

New Science Behind Algae-Based Flip-Flops

Sustainable flip-flops: A team of researchers has formulated polyurethane foams made from algae oil to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of ...

Why Shaving Dulls Even the Sharpest of Razors

Engineers have studied the simple act of shaving up close, observing how a razor blade can be damaged as it cuts human hair -- a material that is 50 times softer than the blade itself. They found ...

New Class of Laser Beam Doesn't Follow Normal Laws of Refraction

Researchers have developed a new type of laser beam that doesn't follow long-held principles about how light refracts and travels. The findings could have huge implications for optical ...

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