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Getting a look under the hood of topological insulators

September 10, 2019

Certain materials, like copper, conduct electricity very well.  Other materials, like glass, do not.  A certain kind of…
CMU Researchers Create Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties

May 30, 2019

A team of polymer chemists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new methodology that can…
‘Magnetic graphene’ switches between insulator and conductor

February 5, 2019

Researchers have found that certain ultra-thin magnetic materials can switch from insulator to conductor under high pressure, a…
Detecting Light in a Different Dimension

November 14, 2018

Electrically conductive polymer nanostructures that are many times longer than they are wide make graphene—atom-thin sheets of carbon—a…
Engineers turn plastic insulator into heat conductor

April 3, 2018

Plastics are excellent insulators, meaning they can efficiently trap heat — a quality that can be an advantage…
Neutrons reveal the wild Weyl world of semimetals

February 22, 2018

The observation of an abnormal state of matter in a two-dimensional magnetic material is the latest development in…
Stretching the limits of elastic conductors

September 13, 2017

A newly developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times…
Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to ‘on–off’ states for graphene

April 1, 2017

A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms…
Semiconductor-free Microelectronics Are Now Possible, Thanks to Metamaterials

November 9, 2016

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have fabricated the first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device. Using metamaterials,…
First self-assembled superconductor structure created

February 1, 2016

Building on nearly two decades’ worth of research, a multidisciplinary team at Cornell has blazed a new trail…
Making the new silicon

July 30, 2015

An exotic material called gallium nitride (GaN) is poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, enabling…
To conduct, or to insulate? That is the question

July 7, 2015

A new study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, has discovered mysterious behavior of a material…
Chemists design a quantum-dot spectrometer

July 2, 2015

Instruments that measure the properties of light, known as spectrometers, are widely used in physical, chemical, and biological…
Discovery Paves Way for New Kinds of Superconducting Electronics

June 23, 2015

Physicists at UC San Diego have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through…
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