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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
February 12, 2018
Unwavering Juggler With Three Extra Electrons
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
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?
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
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
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