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Stripes May Help Solve Riddle of Superconductivity

December 12, 2017

Despite the fact that high-temperature superconductors were discovered three decades ago, researchers are still scratching their heads over…
New methods tackle a perplexing engineering concept

October 19, 2017

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to turn a complex materials design problem into an intuitive…
New map to help with materials discovery

September 13, 2017

A study co-led by scientists at the University of Liverpool has discovered the relationship between the structure of…
Hints from hemoglobin lead to better carbon monoxide storage

September 12, 2017

Carbon monoxide is an insidious poison because it loves the iron in our blood; it pushes oxygen out…
Nature-inspired material uses liquid reinforcement

July 11, 2017

Materials scientists at Rice University are looking to nature — at the discs in human spines and the…
Scientists develop computer-guided strategy to accelerate materials discovery

June 9, 2017

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a computer-guided strategy that led to the discovery of two…
Finding Order and Structure in the Atomic Chaos Where Materials Meet

April 27, 2017

Materials science researchers have developed a model that can account for irregularities in how atoms arrange themselves at…
Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries

March 2, 2017

A pinch of electrolyte additive gives rechargeable battery stability, longer life Scientists have found adding a pinch of…
“Field patterns” as a new mathematical object

February 20, 2017

University of Utah mathematicians propose a theoretical framework to understand how waves and other disturbances move through materials…
New atom building method

December 5, 2016

DTU researchers have developed a method of constructing atom-thin materials, paving the way for developing materials with new…
A New Understanding of Metastability Clears Path for Next-Generation Materials

November 20, 2016

They say diamonds are forever, but diamonds in fact are a metastable form of carbon that will slowly…
New Approach to Determining How Atoms Are Arranged in Materials

August 25, 2016

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National…
Smarter Self-assembly Opens New Pathways for Nanotechnology

August 9, 2016

Brookhaven Lab scientists discover a way to create billionth-of-a-meter structures that snap together in complex patterns with unprecedented…
More power to you

July 28, 2016

Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based…
Organic Semiconductor Research Could Boost Electronics

July 25, 2016

Most people aren’t accustomed to hearing “organic” and “semiconductor” in the same sentence. But the words flow naturally…
Computational design tool transforms flat materials into 3-D shapes

July 22, 2016

A new computational design tool can turn a flat sheet of plastic or metal into a complex 3-D…
Reuse of building components benefit the environment as well as construction costs

July 6, 2016

There are big savings in reusing building components in their original form rather than crushing them and recycling…
Massive Trove of Battery and Molecule Data Released to Public

June 14, 2016

The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove…
Team first to measure microscale granular crystal dynamics

May 18, 2016

Designing materials that better respond to dynamic loading can help minimize vibrations in vehicles, better protect military convoys…
The Sound of Nanoscale Materials

April 7, 2016

Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of materials for use in…
100-fold increase in speed of determining material interface structure

March 16, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have succeeded in determining the structure of an interface between two materials…
SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Aids in Discovery of New Organometallic Compounds

January 25, 2016

Selective oxidation plays a key role in the production of compounds widely used throughout the chemical industry. Now,…
Scientists Create Atomically Thin Metallic Boron

December 19, 2015

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Stony…
Conductor turned insulator amid disorder

December 10, 2015

Some materials that are inherently disordered display unusual conductivity, sometimes behaving like insulators and sometimes like conductors. Physicists…
Scientists urge new soil-carbon model for climate change era

November 24, 2015

In the fight to protect the environment, achieve food security and promote sustainable development, agricultural scientists who recognize…
Stretchy slabs found in the deep Earth

November 24, 2015

A new study suggests that the common belief that the Earth’s rigid tectonic plates stay strong when they…
NIST Takes (Some of) the Stress Out of Engineering New Materials

November 17, 2015

Stress: What does it feel like to you? Maybe like pressure from multiple directions, trying to push and…
Battery Mystery Solved: Atomic-Resolution Microscopy Answers Longstanding Questions About Lithium-Rich Cathode Material

October 30, 2015

Using complementary microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) say they have solved…
Computing A Textbook of Crystal Physics

October 1, 2015

Disturbing a material’s crystal lattice can create a charge imbalance that leads to a voltage across the material.…
Physicists determine the three-dimensional positions of individual atoms for the first time

September 24, 2015

Atoms are the building blocks of all matter on Earth, and the patterns in which they are arranged…
Metallic gels produce tunable light emission

September 4, 2015

Researchers at MIT have developed a family of materials that can emit light of precisely controlled colors —…
Only above-water microbes play a role in cave development

September 3, 2015

Only the microbes located above the water’s surface contribute to the development of hydrogen-sulfide-rich caves, suggests an international…
Breakthrough in the performance of 2D semiconductors

September 1, 2015

Over the past ten years, the development of the so-called 2D semiconductors has evolved rapidly. 2D semiconductors are…
Wireless charging and discharging for electric vehicles

September 1, 2015

In the future, a wireless charging system will allow electric cars not only to charge their batteries, but…
Unusual magnetic behavior observed at a material interface

August 18, 2015

An exotic kind of magnetic behavior, driven by the mere proximity of two materials, has been analyzed by…
Researchers pioneer use of capsules to save materials, streamline chemical reactions

August 14, 2015

Chemists working in a variety of industries and fields typically go through a laborious process to measure and…
A new look at superfluidity

August 11, 2015

MIT physicists have created a superfluid gas, the so-called Bose-Einstein condensate, for the first time in an extremely…
A small, modular, efficient fusion plant

August 10, 2015

It’s an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants…
Solving mysteries of conductivity in polymers

July 15, 2015

Materials known as conjugated polymers have been seen as very promising candidates for electronics applications, including capacitors, photodiodes,…
Why do puddles stop spreading?

July 9, 2015

When you spill a bit of water onto a tabletop, the puddle spreads — and then stops, leaving…
Trapping vortices key to high-current superconductors

July 2, 2015

If we are to see the promised benefits of high-temperature superconductors, such as low-loss motors and generators or…
From atoms to jet engines – extreme materials on display at summer exhibition

July 1, 2015

At any one time over half a million people are flying far above our heads in modern aircraft.…
From Spider-Infested Digs, U.S. Company Devises Way to Spin Silk—Sans the Spiders

June 30, 2015

In the beginning, David Breslauer’s office was infested with spiders—lurking in the corners, hunkered down on their webs,…
‘Pick & mix’ smart materials for robotics

June 25, 2015

Researchers have successfully combined multiple functions into a single smart life-like material for the first time. These ‘designer’…
Precisely simulating the production of ceramic tape

June 3, 2015

Manufacturers of ceramic tape currently have to rely on their own experience when it comes to configuring the…
Faster, smaller, more informative

May 13, 2015

A new technique invented at MIT can measure the relative positions of tiny particles as they flow through…
Printing The Future

May 12, 2015

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is becoming common enough that consumers can buy desktop printers. Carnegie…
Chemists cook up three atom-thick electronic sheets

April 30, 2015

Making thin films out of semiconducting materials is analogous to how ice grows on a windowpane: When the…
Lightweight Membrane Can Significantly Reduce In-Flight Aircraft Noise

April 28, 2015

Riding in a helicopter or airplane can be a noisy experience for passengers. But researchers from North Carolina…
Framework compounds: metal-organic transformations

April 20, 2015

It is beyond imagination that one gram of a substance could have a surface area nearly as large…
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