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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
December 12, 2017
See What Lies Beneath
See What Lies Beneath
Copper oxide is an important catalyst and can convert poisonous carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. In this research, the atomic-scale reactions at
December 12, 2017
Electron Injection Transforms a Thin Film
Electron Injection Transforms a Thin Film
Monolayer thin films of 2-D, transition-metal dichalcogenides have emerged as important materials with unique properties, drawing great attention
December 12, 2017
Watching a Particle in a Dangerous Crowd
Watching a Particle in a Dangerous Crowd
We rely on particulate materials every day in demanding environments, such as structural metals for vehicles and complex, layered thin films for
December 12, 2017
Ringing Atomic Bell Probes Electrons
Ringing Atomic Bell Probes Electrons
In this work, the dependence of electronic structure on specific changes in the atomic structure was clearly determined. Researchers used a photon
December 12, 2017
Putting Molten History on the Map
Putting Molten History on the Map
The reliable detection of the melting point of materials at high pressure has been experimentally difficult. What is needed is a way to tell
December 12, 2017
Is There Structure in Glass Disorder?
Is There Structure in Glass Disorder?
Bulk metallic glasses are a class of metals that lack an ordered crystalline structure. This feature leads to unique properties, but it also
December 12, 2017
Bending a New Tool for Low Power Computing
Bending a New Tool for Low Power Computing
A future type of energy-efficient electronics is called spintronics. A challenge in spintronics is tuning how spins move to create current, called
December 12, 2017
Molecular Mousetraps Capture More Nuclear Waste
Molecular Mousetraps Capture More Nuclear Waste
Since the 1980s, research has focused on containment of radioactive iodine, associated with nuclear energy and legacy environmental sites, because
December 12, 2017
New Quantum Liquid Crystal—In the Driver’s Seat
New Quantum Liquid Crystal—In the Driver’s Seat
The spatial arrangement of atoms and electrons in a material is often characterized by its symmetry, which has an important role in determining the
December 12, 2017
Chemical “Pressure” Tuning Magnetic Properties
Chemical “Pressure” Tuning Magnetic Properties
Since the discovery of magnetic skyrmions—topologically stable vortex-like spin texture—in a well-studied magnetic metal in 2009, much
December 12, 2017
Stirring up a Quantum Spin-Liquid with Disorder
Stirring up a Quantum Spin Liquid with Disorder
A rare state of matter called a quantum spin liquid proposed over 40 years ago is being pursued for its unique physical properties. In a quantum
December 12, 2017
Light Perfects Interfaces
Light Perfects Interfaces
The revolution of the microelectronics technology was made possible by the growth of high-quality semiconductor materials. In a technique called
November 29, 2017
Making Polymer Chemistry Click
Making Polymer Chemistry Click
Users from the Scripps Research Institute, including 2001 Nobel Prize laureate K. Barry Sharpless, teamed with scientists at the Molecular Foundry
November 24, 2017
Photosynthesis without Cells: Turning Light into Fuel
Photosynthesis without Cells: Turning Light into Fuel
At Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, a U.S. Department of Energy user facility, researchers employed artificial
November 24, 2017
A Molecular Zipper for Efficient Gas Separation
A Molecular Zipper for Efficient Gas Separation
Efficient adsorption-based gas separation requires maximizing both the adsorbent’s selectivity for the gas of interest and its recyclability
November 21, 2017
Craters on Graphene: Electrons Impact
Craters on Graphene: Electrons Impact
Normally, electrons moving in a conductor are reflected by potential energy barriers. However, electrons moving in graphene travel at relativistic
November 14, 2017
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Moving from Protecting Health to Protecting the Environment
Existing techniques for understanding radionuclide transport in the environment do not fully capture the 3-D complexity of transport in soil and
November 14, 2017
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Stretching to Perfection of 2-D Semiconductors
The electronic and optical properties of materials are directly related to their atomic crystal structure. By bringing atoms closer to each other
November 14, 2017
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Simple is Beautiful in Quantum Computing
Classical computers are number crunching machines, performing basic arithmetical operations on numbers. In computer language, these numbers are
November 13, 2017
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Twisting Molecule Wrings More Power from Solar Cells
Upon exposure to sunlight, electrons in a semiconducting material are excited from their normal to higher energy states, forming photo-excited
October 31, 2017
Rules Are Only Suggestions in Heavy Elements
Rules Are Only Suggestions in Heavy Elements
The synthesis and characterization of two berkelium compounds creates rare opportunities to probe the electronic structure of some of the last
October 31, 2017
Let There Be (White) Light: New Materials Shine Out
Let There Be (White) Light: New Materials Shine Out
White-light–emitting 2-D perovskites are attractive because of their low cost and tunability. Using different lengths of di-functional
October 26, 2017
Mission Not So Impossible Now: Control Complex Molecular Organization
Mission Not So Impossible Now: Control Complex Molecular Organization
Traditional methods using “top-down” solution-based processing typically only allow modest control over the molecular organization and