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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
February 12, 2018
Unwavering Juggler With Three Extra Electrons
Researchers have found a new way to predict the stability of multiply charged molecules using high-throughput simulations, which are becoming an
February 12, 2018
Deep Dive into How Electrons Behave
The energy and momentum of electrons influence their motion through a material, which, in turn, determines its electrical and optical properties.
February 2, 2018
Atomic Vibes During Melting?
Glasses we encounter in everyday life are mostly transparent and used for everything from window panes to phone screens. Glasses are solids that
February 2, 2018
Taking Solar Energy to the Edge
Hybrid perovskites are a new class of low-cost materials that can capture and emit light. This material can be synthesized in several forms: bulk 3
January 16, 2018
Graphene Flexes Its Muscle
Graphene Flexes Its Muscle
Although graphene is considered a 2-D material, it never exists in a perfectly flat state. Like wrinkled skin, when this atomically thin carbon is
January 6, 2018
What’s the Noise Eating Quantum Bits?
What’s the Noise Eating Quantum Bits?
In quantum computing, quantum information is lost due to a loss of synchronization (dephasing) in the electronic flow and energy relaxation.
January 6, 2018
Filtering Water Better than Nature
Filtering Water Better than Nature
To meet global demand for clean drinking water, scientists are actively pursuing next generation energy-efficient water purification membranes. The
January 6, 2018
Rewritable Wires Could Mean No More Obsolete Circuitry
Rewritable Wires Could Mean No More Obsolete Circuitry
Ferroelectric materials have spontaneous electrical ordering that can be changed by applying an electric field. Where two domains of different
January 4, 2018
A Rare Quantum State Realized in a New Material
A Rare Quantum State Realized in a New Material
A 3-D analog of graphene (a 2-D material
January 4, 2018
Machine Learning Provides a Bridge to the Texture of the Quantum World
Machine Learning Provides a Bridge to the Texture of the Quantum World
There is growing interest in harnessing machine learning to answer questions about the physics of condensed matter, like metals and insulators,
December 31, 2017
Discovering Secrets of Superfluids
Discovering Secrets of Superfluids
Superfluidity is the odd property of a liquid in which it has zero-resistance for flow, and thus flows without loss of kinetic energy. The most
December 29, 2017
An Exotic State of Matter Discovered in 2-D Material
An Exotic State of Matter Discovered in 2-D Material
Like graphene, the semi-metal tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) can be prepared in a single monolayer. Tellurium atoms sandwich the transition