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two dimensional materials

Watching Two-Dimensional Materials Grow

They are among the thinnest structures on earth: “two dimensional materials” are crystals which consist of only one or a few layers of atoms....
Magnetic Materials

New Magnetic Materials Overcome Key Barrier to Spintronic Devices

Consider the classic, permanent magnet: it both clings to the refrigerator and drives data storage in most devices. But another kind of impervious magnetism...
catalysts

A Catalytic Support Material Takes a Leading Role

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with DOE’s Ames Laboratory, have reported an important and unexpected reaction...
silicon photonics

NAU Scientist Contributes to Significant Advance in Silicon Photonics

Northern Arizona University assistant professor Ryan Behunin collaborated with a team of physicists from Yale and the University of Texas at Austin in discovering an innovative...
crystallizevideo

Chemists ‘Crystallize’ New Approach to Materials Science

A team of chemists at the University of California San Diego conducted breakthrough research for materials science—a field for which chemistry frequently provides information...
liquid-crystal displays

Researchers Offer New Technology for Liquid-Crystal Displays

“This is first and foremost a fundamental study exploring the mechanisms of liquid crystal orientation,” says Dimitri Ivanov, the head of the Laboratory of Functional...
Nanostructures

Nanostructures Made of Previously Impossible Material

When you bake a cake, you can combine the ingredients in almost any proportions, and they will still always be able to mix together....
tiny crystals

UT Dallas Scientists Study the Powers of Tiny Crystals

When it comes to the way scientists react to their discoveries, “That’s interesting” falls somewhere between “Eureka!” and “Uh-oh.” “Interesting” is just what Dr. Jeremiah...
gyroscopes

UChicago Scientists Use Gyroscopes to Find Unusual State of Matter

You don’t have to be perfectly organized to pull off a wave, according to University of Chicago scientists. Using a set of gyroscopes linked together,...
perovskite

Slow ‘Hot Electrons’ Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

The efficiency of solar panels is hampered by a Goldilocks problem: photons need to have just the right amount of energy to be converted...
DNA repair

Snapshot of DNA Repair

DNA is like the computer code of the body, and it must be preserved for our bodies to survive. Yet, as cells grow and...
photonic crystals

New Exotic Phenomena Seen in Photonic Crystals

Topological effects, such as those found in crystals whose surfaces conduct electricity while their bulk does not, have been an exciting topic of physics...
ceramics

White Graphene Makes Ceramics Multifunctional

A little hBN in ceramics could give them outstanding properties, according to a Rice University scientist. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, an assistant professor of civil and environmental...
gyroscope

‘Gyroscope’ Molecules Form Crystal That’s Both Solid and Full of Motion

Molecular machines, much smaller than single cells, may one day be able to deliver drugs to kill cancer cells or patrol your body for...
Fluorescent proteins

Bright and Stable: New Acid-Tolerant Green Fluorescent Protein for Bioimaging

Visualizing cellular components and processes at the molecular level is important for understanding the basis of any biological activity. Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are one...
Opioid

Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

For the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and collaborators solved the crystal structure of the activated kappa...
computers

Can Computers Help Us Synthesize New Materials?

Last month, three MIT materials scientists and their colleagues published a paper describing a new artificial-intelligence system that can pore through scientific papers and...
quantum sensor

Sensor the Size of a Nitrogen Atom Investigates Hard Drives

Integrated circuitry is becoming increasingly complex. These days a Pentium processor contains some 30 million transistors. And the magnetic structures found in hard drives...
Micro-spectrometer

Micro-Spectrometer Opens Door to a Wealth of New Smartphone Functions

Spectrometry, the analysis of visible and invisible light, has an enormous range of applications. Every material and every tissue has its own ‘footprint’ in...
computer memory

Electron Injection Transforms a Thin Film

The Science If you want to change how a material handles electrons, re-arrange the atoms. Scientists found a reversible way to alter the atom’s arrangement....