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April 11, 2018
Seeing How Next-Generation Batteries Power-Up
Seeing How Next-Generation Batteries Power-Up
Batteries based on magnesium metal as the negative electrode (anode) promise much higher energy density compared to lithium-ion systems and are, at
April 11, 2018
Worm-Inspired Tough Materials
Worm-Inspired Tough Materials
Mechanical gradients are often employed in nature to prevent damage from large forces by creating a smooth transition from strong to weak
April 9, 2018
How to Turn Light Into Atomic Vibrations
How to Turn Light Into Atomic Vibrations
Light could induce desirable structural changes in thin sheets of materials. These materials could have applications ranging from data storage
April 6, 2018
Scientists demonstrated that powerful acids heal certain structural defects in synthetic films.
Superacids Are Good Medicine for Super Thin Semiconductors
The atomically thin nature of layered 2-D semiconductors gives rise to a gamut of unique physical properties, which often do not exist in
April 6, 2018
Tubular Science Improves Polymer Solar Cells
Tubular Science Improves Polymer Solar Cells
Low-cost, large-area scalability by solution processing is an important advantage of organic polymer solar cells. Typical organic solar cells,
April 6, 2018
Fast! Hard X-Ray Flash Breaks Speed Record
Fast! Hard X-Ray Flash Breaks Speed Record
To capture the fast motions of electrons that govern many chemical processes, x-ray pulses in the attosecond range are required. Two methods have
March 26, 2018
Scientists Have Overestimated Meteor Sizes
Scientists Have Overestimated Meteor Sizes
Using the high brightness, short-pulse X-ray free-electron laser at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the team measured the speed at which
March 20, 2018
Small Poke—Huge Unexpected Response
Small Poke—Huge Unexpected Response
Weyl fermions are novel particles that were predicted to be seen in high-energy physics experiments but have not been observed. However, scientists
March 14, 2018
Predicting a New Phase of Superionic Ice
Predicting a New Phase of Superionic Ice
Possibly residing on ice-rich planets in our solar system and beyond, superionic ice is an exotic type of ice that exists at high temperature and
March 9, 2018
Not Part of the Problem
It’s Not Part of the Problem, but Part of the Solution
Rationally designed metal-binding ligands, such as bis-triazine phenanthrolines, have shown great promise for separating actinides over other
February 28, 2018
Buckyball Marries Graphene
Buckyball Marries Graphene
Charge transfer at the interface between dissimilar materials is at the heart of almost all electronic technologies such as transistors and
February 28, 2018
Atomic Movies Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient
Atomic Movies Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient
Although perovskite solar cell efficiencies have climbed above the 20 percent mark, the fundamental mechanism responsible for these efficiencies is
February 28, 2018
Catalysts: High Performance Lies on the Edge
Catalysts: High Performance Lies on the Edge
In fuel cells, promotion of the reaction of oxygen and hydrogenat the cathode (the oxygen reduction reaction) currently requires the use of
February 28, 2018
The Shape of Things to Come for Quantum Materials?
The Shape of Things to Come for Quantum Materials?
Most 2-D crystals studied to date are a lattice of hexagons—for example, graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, and black phosphorus
February 20, 2018
Nanocrystals Lock-In the Correct Phase
Nanocrystals Lock-In the Correct Phase
Hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites have emerged as an exciting new material for solar cells with the promise of high efficiency and
February 20, 2018
Two for the Price of One: Towards Quantum Entanglement with a Single Nanoplate
Two for the Price of One: Towards Quantum Entanglement with a Single Nanoplate
Advances in synthetic chemistry now enable the creation of nanoparticles with many different shapes, sizes, and compositions. One recent advance
February 16, 2018
Remembering Really Fast
Remembering Really Fast
Can we build novel memory devices to do data reading and writing at terahertz frequencies so that our personal devices can operate at a much higher
February 16, 2018
Tuning Quantum Light Sources
Tuning Quantum Light Sources
The ability to integrate fiber-based quantum information technology into existing optical networks would be a significant step towards applications
February 16, 2018
A  Nanowire Array to Screen Drugs for Neurodegenerative Diseases
A Nanowire Array to Screen Drugs for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nanowire geometries are ideal for interfacing with cells and measuring intracellular potentials of neurons with minimal invasiveness. This is
February 16, 2018
Single Atoms in Nano-Cages
Single Atoms in Nano-Cages
Single atoms of inert argon gas were trapped at room temperature in silicate nano-cages, which are formed as 2-D honeycomb-like arrays on a surface
February 14, 2018
Self-Healing Damage at the Atomic Level
Self-Healing Damage at the Atomic Level
Diffusion in complex ceramic oxides is critical to the transport of the constituent atoms and the evolution of atomic structure due to radiation
February 13, 2018
Defects and Surface Reactions Boost Batteries
Defects and Surface Reactions Boost Batteries
Olivine lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is an important electrode material used for lithium-ion batteries. Single crystalline micro
February 13, 2018
Working Night and Day
Working Night and Day
Self-replication is a dynamic process that results in the assembly of identical copies of an initial seed structure. Self-replication along with
February 12, 2018
Squeezing Into the Best Shape
Squeezing Into the Best Shape
Biological cells compartmentalize the functions of proteins and enzymes within organelles and organize into tissues that coordinate to perform work
February 12, 2018
Forcing the Hand of Elusive Electrons
Forcing the Hand of Elusive Electrons
An elusive massless particle with charge and spin ½, a.k.a. Weyl fermion, was predicted nearly 100 years ago. It still has not been observed