Materials Science News
June 29, 2023

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Neutrons Look Inside Working Solid-State Battery to Discover Its Key to Success

Researchers have used neutron reflectometry to peer inside a working solid-state battery and monitor its electrochemistry. They discovered that its excellent performance results from an extremely thin layer, across which charged lithium atoms ...

Researchers Make a Quantum Computing Leap With a Magnetic Twist

Scientists and engineers have announced a significant advancement in developing fault-tolerant qubits for quantum computing. In a pair of articles, they report that, in experiments with flakes of semiconductor materials -- each only a single layer of atoms thick -- they detected signatures of ...

Novel Metal-Organic Framework Could Help Advance Semiconductors

Researchers have developed a novel two-dimensional electrically conductive metal-organic framework (MOF) that has 10- to 15-times higher conductivity than the parent MOF that lacks such efficient out-of-plane ...

Researchers Use Ultrasound to Control Orientation of Small Particles

Acoustic waves may be able to control how particles sort themselves. While researchers have been able to separate particles based on their shape -- for example, bacteria from other cells -- for years, the ability to control their movement has remained a largely unsolved problem, until now. Using ...

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'Electronic Skin' from Bio-Friendly Materials Can Track Human Vital Signs With Ultrahigh Precision

Researchers have used materials inspired by molecular gastronomy to create smart wearables that surpassed similar devices in terms of strain sensitivity. They integrated graphene into seaweed to ...

Squid-Inspired Soft Material Is a Switchable Shield for Light, Heat, Microwaves

With a flick of a switch, current technologies allow you to quickly change materials from being dark to light, or cold to hot, just by blocking or transmitting specific wavelengths. But now, inspired ...

Fiber Optic Smart Pants Offer a Low-Cost Way to Monitor Movements

New research describes a fiber optic smart pant that can monitor movement and health. The pants can be used to detect activities such as sitting, squatting, walking or kicking without inhibiting ...

Surprise! Weaker Bonds Can Make Polymers Stronger

Chemists discovered a new way to make polymers stronger: introduce a few weaker bonds into the material. Working with polyacrylate elastomers, they could increase the materials' resistance to ...

Physicists Discover a New Switch for Superconductivity

研究了令人惊讶的轻一些配角rconductors undergo a 'nematic transition' -- unlocking new, superconducting behavior. The results could help identify unconventional ...

Inside-out Heating and Ambient Wind Could Make Direct Air Capture Cheaper and More Efficient

Chemical engineers use coated carbon fibers and eliminate steam-based heating in their simpler design, which also can be powered by wind ...

The Art and Science of Living-Like Architecture

Collaborators have created 'living-like' bioactive interior architecture designed to one day protect us from hidden airborne threats. This publication establishes that the lab's ...

Engineers 'Strike Gold' With Innovation That Recovers Heavy Metals from Biosolids

Engineers have developed a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to remove heavy metals, including copper and zinc, from biosolids. The team's work advances other methods for ...

Clean, Sustainable Fuels Made 'from Thin Air' and Plastic Waste

Researchers have demonstrated how carbon dioxide can be captured from industrial processes -- or even directly from the air -- and transformed into clean, sustainable fuels using just the energy from ...

To Boost Supply Chains, Scientists Are Looking at Ways to Recover Valuable Materials from Water

Researchers are exploring the different ways of harvesting materials from ...

Engineers Develop a Soft, Printable, Metal-Free Electrode

Engineers developed a metal-free, Jelly-like material that is as soft and tough as biological tissue and can conduct electricity similarly to conventional metals. The new material, which is a type of ...


This Salty Gel Could Harvest Water from Desert Air

Engineers synthesized a superabsorbent material that can soak up a record amount of moisture from the air, even in desert-like ...

Cleaner Air With a Cold Catalytic Converter

Although passenger vehicle catalytic converters have been mandatory for over 30 years, there is still plenty of room for improvement. For instance, they only work correctly when the engine is ...

Energy Harvesting Via Vibrations: Researchers Develop Highly Durable and Efficient Device

An international research group has engineered a new energy-generating device by combining piezoelectric composites with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), a commonly used material that is both ...

A 'Spy' in the Belly

以确保伤口仍然密封在abdomen after surgery, researchers have developed a patch with a sensor function. The polymer patch warns before the occurrence of dangerous leaks ...

Terahertz-to-Visible Light Conversion for Future Telecommunications

A study demonstrates that graphene-based materials can be used to efficiently convert high-frequency signals into visible light, and that this mechanism is ultrafast and tunable. These outcomes open ...

Nanomaterials: 3D Printing of Glass Without Sintering

A new process enables printing of nanometer-scale quartz glass structures directly onto semiconductor chips. A hybrid organic-inorganic polymer resin is used as feedstock material for 3D printing of ...

Photosynthesis, Key to Life on Earth, Starts With a Single Photon

A cutting-edge experiment has revealed the quantum dynamics of one of nature's most crucial ...

For Experimental Physicists, Quantum Frustration Leads to Fundamental Discovery

最近一个物理学家团队announced that they have discovered a new phase of matter. Called the 'chiral bose-liquid state,' the discovery opens a new path in the age-old effort to ...

超材料内置Frustration Have Mechanical Memory

Researchers have discovered how to design materials that necessarily have a point or line where the material doesn't deform under stress, and that even remember how they have been poked or ...

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