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  • The Journal of the European Ceramic Society Highlighted Feature Article (Free access 6 months) February 9, 2022
    This paper reviews the role of defects and dopants, including their dynamics, on the properties of barium titanate, the most widely used ferroelectric ceramic  in electronics. Written by Clive Randall , a world-wide recognized scientist and Director of the Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University, and his PhD student Pedram Yousefian, it is […]
  • Materials in 2020 December 16, 2020
    Download the full 32 page featureBY ANY MEASURE, 2020 has been a funny old year. But amid all the disruption and difficulties caused by the covid-19 pandemic, materials science has kept on going – research has continued to be conducted and findings published. Materials scientists may have had to change how they work, but they […]
  • Dark material offers a bright energy future March 31, 2020
    Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems use an array of reflectors to direct sunlight to a central receiver system where light is converted into heat, which is used to generate electricity. In the journal Scripta Materialia, researchers in Italy report the development of a dark form of aluminium oxide with potential to significantly improve the efficiency […]
  • Synthetic Metals – Editor Highlight February 19, 2020
    In the last issue of Synthetic Metals a review paper appeared co-authored by Corentin Pigot and Frédéric Dumur, two researchers from Aix-Marseille University (“Molecular engineering in 2D surface covalent organic frameworks: Towards next generation of molecular tectons - A mini review” Synthetic Metals 260 (2020) 116265). This paper covers principle aspects of molecular engineering performed […]
  • Making solar cells using waste from lead batteries February 13, 2020
    Simple chemistry takes lead from battery waste into solar cells. Copyright ElsevierIn a fine demonstration of innovative recycling, the waste lead from traditional lead-acid batteries can recovered and used to make perovskite – the promising material for building efficient solar cells. A research team in China report this innovative conversion of the debris from old […]
  • How to better build bone February 13, 2020
    The route to bone repair with magnetic cell sheetsRepairing damaged bones with tissue grafts is no easy task. Its success is limited by the challenge of regenerating the blood vessels that are needed to maintain the grafts. To meet this challenge, researchers at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal are developing layers of cell sheets […]
  • Hair protein delivers golden opportunities for nanoclusters January 27, 2020
    Schematic representing the keratin-templated formation of the gold nanoclusters, modification with silver and gadolinium, loading with drug and imaging by near-infrared light or magnetic resonanceKeratin, the main protein in hair, is surprisingly useful for assembling gold atoms into fluorescent nanoclusters that may help deliver drugs to their targets and image diseased tissues for diagnosis. Guang […]
  • Boosting the photodynamic therapy efficiency by using stimuli-responsive and AIE-featured nanoparticles January 17, 2020
    Abstract: Photosensitizers with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics are of great interest for cancer theranostics involving both fluorescence imaging and photodynamic therapy (PDT). However, in the purpose of clinical trials of PDT, the development of prominent drug delivery systems for boosting the PDT efficiency of AIE photosensitizers is highly desirable but still remain a challenging task. […]
  • Asymmetric polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes with ultrathin separation layers for highly efficient micropollutant removal November 4, 2019
    Abstract: New membrane materials are urgently needed to address the increasing concentrations of harmful organic micropollutants (e.g. pharmaceuticals, pesticides and plasticizers) in our surface and drinking water. Currently, the densest available membranes can remove micropollutants sufficiently, but only at very low permeabilities and by producing a highly saline, difficult to treat waste stream. We improve […]
  • Making the most of metals from cradle to grave December 24, 2018
    Position Senior Research Fellow Institution School of Engineering, University of Limerick URL www.ul.ie www.bravoeip.eu www.lcdval.eu www.votechnik.com www.revolvproject.eu Lisa O'Donoghue, University of Limerick.The EU's list of Critical Raw Materials (CRM) shows those that have high economic importance and are considered a supply risk with in the region (red dots represent CRMs).EC eco-innovation ReVolv project meeting.Launch event.Algeopolymers project meeting.We live […]

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  • Cracking the short-circuit mystery in lithium-metal batteries February 3, 2023
    This artists illustration shows one probe bending from applied pressure, causing a fracture in the solid electrolyte, which is filling with lithium. On the right, the probe is not pressing against the electrolyte, and the lithium plates on the ceramic surface as desired. Image: Cube3D.Lithium-metal batteries with solid electrolytes are lightweight, inflammable, pack a lot […]
  • Superconductivity switch for ‘magic-angle’ graphene February 3, 2023
    This image shows a?device with two graphene layers in the middle (in dark gray, and in inset), sandwiched between boron nitride layers (in blue and purple). The angle and alignment of each layer allows superconductivity in the graphene layers to be turned on and off with a short electric pulse. Image courtesy of Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, […]
  • Polymer helps perovskite solar cells avoid the void February 2, 2023
    Under a scanning electron microscope, clear voids can be seen at the grain boundaries of the control perovskite film (left). These defects can lead to losses and reduce the efficiency of the film. With b-pV2F (right), the voids are greatly reduced. Image: G. Li/HZB.The photovoltaic (PV) materials known as halide perovskites are seen as a […]
  • Quantum dots place great store on quantum information February 2, 2023
    Artists impression of electron spin in a quantum dot, which is interfaced with light and strongly coupled nuclear spins. Image: Leon Zaporski University of Cambridge.An international team of scientists has demonstrated an important advance in preserving the quantum coherence of quantum dot spin qubits as part of the global push for practical quantum networks and […]
  • New electrochromic material blows hot and cold February 1, 2023
    This image shows how the novel electrochromic material can conduct both heating and cooling by switching between two different conformations. Image: University of Chicago PME/Hsu Group.Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have designed a chameleon-like building material that changes its infrared color – and how much heat it absorbs […]
  • A novel twist on carbon-nanotube yarns February 1, 2023
    These scanning electron microscope images show how UT Dallas researchers made a new kind of twistron by intertwining three individual strands of spun carbon-nanotube fibers to make a single yarn. A previous version of a harvester (right) was made by coiling the CNT fibers. The scale bars indicate 100µm. Image: UT Dallas.Nanotechnology researchers at the […]
  • More to mica than meets the eye January 31, 2023
    (Left to right) Florian Mittendorfer, Giada Franceschi, Michael Schmid and Andrea Conti in their laboratory at TU Wien. Photo: TU Wien.At first glance, mica is quite ordinary: it is a common mineral, found in rocks like granite, and has been extensively studied from geological, chemical and technical perspectives. One might think nothing new could be […]
  • Hydrogel composite sticks around to treat Crohn’s disease January 31, 2023
    Treating perianal fistulas with the injectable nanofiber-hydrogel composite loaded with stem cells. Image: Florin Selaru.In a study using a rat model of Crohn’s disease, a biodegradable hydrogel composite loaded with stem cells has shown significant success in treating perianal fistulas (PAF) – one of the many complications of Crohn’s disease. The novel hydrogel composite was […]
  • Old approach promises new self-healing composites January 30, 2023
    Schematic of: (a) enhanced mechanical performance of easy-repair interleaved composites that outperforms basic carbon-fiber laminates even after a few repair cycles; (b) location, damage and healing process of phenoxy interleaves, showing re-bonding and crack filling of phenoxy phase during healing and repair process. Inset in (a) are pictures of specimens after test and repair cycles.Intelligent […]
  • Great escape for novel phase-shifting material January 30, 2023
    Now, were pushing this material system in more practical ways to solve some very specific medical and engineering problems.Chengfeng Pan, Chinese University of Hong KongInspired by sea cucumbers, engineers have designed miniature robots made from a novel phase-shifting material that can rapidly and reversibly shift between liquid and solid states. On top of being able […]

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  • Superconductivity switch for ‘magic-angle’ graphene February 3, 2023
    This image shows a?device with two graphene layers in the middle (in dark gray, and in inset), sandwiched between boron nitride layers (in blue and purple). The angle and alignment of each layer allows superconductivity in the graphene layers to be turned on and off with a short electric pulse. Image courtesy of Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, […]
  • A novel twist on carbon-nanotube yarns February 1, 2023
    These scanning electron microscope images show how UT Dallas researchers made a new kind of twistron by intertwining three individual strands of spun carbon-nanotube fibers to make a single yarn. A previous version of a harvester (right) was made by coiling the CNT fibers. The scale bars indicate 100µm. Image: UT Dallas.Nanotechnology researchers at the […]
  • Old approach promises new self-healing composites January 30, 2023
    Schematic of: (a) enhanced mechanical performance of easy-repair interleaved composites that outperforms basic carbon-fiber laminates even after a few repair cycles; (b) location, damage and healing process of phenoxy interleaves, showing re-bonding and crack filling of phenoxy phase during healing and repair process. Inset in (a) are pictures of specimens after test and repair cycles.Intelligent […]
  • Microbatteries made more powerful January 20, 2023
    Depiction of microrobots in a hazardous environment. Credit: Alex David Jerez Roman, Beckman institute, UIUCScientists led by a team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a high-voltage, hermetically sealed microbattery that offers high-energy and high-power density, improving on existing battery design. As part of the drive towards wireless communication electronics and increasingly small electronics for microbots, wearable […]
  • Novel nano-coating can protect against harshness of space January 19, 2023
    "Our new nano barrier is able to not only provide radiation and thermal protection but also harvest energy for use at a later date."Ravi Silva, University of SurreyA 'space skin' could help protect spacecraft and satellites from harsh solar radiation while also harvesting energy for future use in the craft's mission, according to researchers from […]
  • New microscopy technique offers better look at degrading batteries January 3, 2023
    PME researchers collected data on how different components of a thick lithium-ion battery electrode evolve after successive cycles (one snapshot of the microscopy data is shown on the left). They then used this data to create a computational model (right) illustrating the degradation of the electrode and pointing toward how to improve the lifespan of […]
  • Graphene edges towards a new nanoelectronics platform January 2, 2023
    The novel graphene device grown on a silicon carbide substrate chip. Photo: Georgia Institute of Technology.A pressing quest in the field of nanoelectronics is the search for a material that could replace silicon. Graphene, a single sheet of carbon atoms, has seemed a promising candidate for decades, but its potential has faltered along the way, […]
  • Tribology of the diamond-silica interface December 28, 2022
    State-of-the-art ab-initio simulation unveils ways to reduce friction and wear Famed for their outstanding mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and chemical stability, diamond and diamond-like carbon (DLC) have found widespread use in industries including electronics, optics, and medical devices. DLC in particular has been employed as a coating to reduce friction and protect from wear between contacting […]
  • Improving the safety of lithium-ion batteries with salt December 20, 2022
    Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have shown how to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries using a new non-flammable electrolyte. Batteries containing this polymer-based electrolyte were shown to be safer, provide excellent performance and continue to function at high temperatures without starting a fire due to the introduction of a lot more […]
  • Battery anodes recycled in a flash December 19, 2022
    Flash-recycled anode particles as seen under a scanning electron microscope. Image: Tour Group/Rice University.Lithium-ion batteries power all the things important to modern lives – cellphones, watches, computers, cars and so much more. But where they go when they fail is a growing problem. Now, scientists at Rice University believe they have come up with a […]

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  • Cracking the short-circuit mystery in lithium-metal batteries February 3, 2023
    This artists illustration shows one probe bending from applied pressure, causing a fracture in the solid electrolyte, which is filling with lithium. On the right, the probe is not pressing against the electrolyte, and the lithium plates on the ceramic surface as desired. Image: Cube3D.Lithium-metal batteries with solid electrolytes are lightweight, inflammable, pack a lot […]
  • Superconductivity switch for ‘magic-angle’ graphene February 3, 2023
    This image shows a?device with two graphene layers in the middle (in dark gray, and in inset), sandwiched between boron nitride layers (in blue and purple). The angle and alignment of each layer allows superconductivity in the graphene layers to be turned on and off with a short electric pulse. Image courtesy of Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, […]
  • Polymer helps perovskite solar cells avoid the void February 2, 2023
    Under a scanning electron microscope, clear voids can be seen at the grain boundaries of the control perovskite film (left). These defects can lead to losses and reduce the efficiency of the film. With b-pV2F (right), the voids are greatly reduced. Image: G. Li/HZB.The photovoltaic (PV) materials known as halide perovskites are seen as a […]
  • Quantum dots place great store on quantum information February 2, 2023
    Artists impression of electron spin in a quantum dot, which is interfaced with light and strongly coupled nuclear spins. Image: Leon Zaporski University of Cambridge.An international team of scientists has demonstrated an important advance in preserving the quantum coherence of quantum dot spin qubits as part of the global push for practical quantum networks and […]
  • New electrochromic material blows hot and cold February 1, 2023
    This image shows how the novel electrochromic material can conduct both heating and cooling by switching between two different conformations. Image: University of Chicago PME/Hsu Group.Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have designed a chameleon-like building material that changes its infrared color – and how much heat it absorbs […]
  • A novel twist on carbon-nanotube yarns February 1, 2023
    These scanning electron microscope images show how UT Dallas researchers made a new kind of twistron by intertwining three individual strands of spun carbon-nanotube fibers to make a single yarn. A previous version of a harvester (right) was made by coiling the CNT fibers. The scale bars indicate 100µm. Image: UT Dallas.Nanotechnology researchers at the […]
  • More to mica than meets the eye January 31, 2023
    (Left to right) Florian Mittendorfer, Giada Franceschi, Michael Schmid and Andrea Conti in their laboratory at TU Wien. Photo: TU Wien.At first glance, mica is quite ordinary: it is a common mineral, found in rocks like granite, and has been extensively studied from geological, chemical and technical perspectives. One might think nothing new could be […]
  • Hydrogel composite sticks around to treat Crohn’s disease January 31, 2023
    Treating perianal fistulas with the injectable nanofiber-hydrogel composite loaded with stem cells. Image: Florin Selaru.In a study using a rat model of Crohn’s disease, a biodegradable hydrogel composite loaded with stem cells has shown significant success in treating perianal fistulas (PAF) – one of the many complications of Crohn’s disease. The novel hydrogel composite was […]
  • Old approach promises new self-healing composites January 30, 2023
    Schematic of: (a) enhanced mechanical performance of easy-repair interleaved composites that outperforms basic carbon-fiber laminates even after a few repair cycles; (b) location, damage and healing process of phenoxy interleaves, showing re-bonding and crack filling of phenoxy phase during healing and repair process. Inset in (a) are pictures of specimens after test and repair cycles.Intelligent […]
  • Great escape for novel phase-shifting material January 30, 2023
    Now, were pushing this material system in more practical ways to solve some very specific medical and engineering problems.Chengfeng Pan, Chinese University of Hong KongInspired by sea cucumbers, engineers have designed miniature robots made from a novel phase-shifting material that can rapidly and reversibly shift between liquid and solid states. On top of being able […]