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Printing a better actuator, actually

15-Nov-2017

One technology uses magnetic fields to generate mechanical work. The other enhances the magnetic properties of 3D-printed materials. Combined, they could lead to efficient, economical production of magnetic actuators used in everything from sensors, robotics, and mechanical devices to power ...

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Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper

26-Sep-2017

It has always been the Holy Grail of materials science to describe and control the material's structure-function relationship. Nanoparticles are an attractive class of components to be used in functional materials because they exhibit size-dependent properties, such as superparamagnetism and ...

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Green light for ultra-fine display colors

08-Sep-2017

Chih-Jen Shih is very satisfied with his breakthrough: "To date, no one has succeeded in producing green light as pure as we have," says the Professor of Chemical Engineering in his laboratory at ETH Zurich. He points at an ultra-slim, bendable light-emitting diode (LED), which displays the three ...

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Lightweight Catalyst for Artificial Photosynthesis

Carbonitride aerogels mediate the photocatalytic conversion of water

07-Aug-2017

Nanochemistry meets macrostructures: Chinese scientists report the synthesis of a macroscopic aerogel from carbonitride nanomaterials which is an excellent catalyst for the water-splitting reaction under visible-light irradiation. The study adds new opportunities to the material properties of ...

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New strategy to design mechano-responsive luminescent materials

27-Jul-2017

"Smart" materials that change color in response to a mechanical stimulus have a broad range of applications such as creating pressure-sensitive sensors and packaging that can detect tampering. Researchers at Hokkaido University have now designed a novel "mechano-responsive luminescent material" ...

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Low-cost material for lighting and diagnostics produces white light imitating sunlight

08-Jun-2017

Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, have developed a synthetic material based on the natural hackmanite mineral which produces broad spectrum white light in lamps. The hackmanite created by the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group is a low-cost material emitting luminescence ...

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Organic–inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties

31-Mar-2017

Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with the University of Mons (Belgium), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany) and the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), have devised a novel supramolecular strategy to introduce tunable 1D ...

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3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers

24-Mar-2017

Using advanced 3-D printing, Dartmouth College researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale. Nanomachines can already deliver medication and serve as computer memories at the tiny nanometer scale. By integrating a ...

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Molecular 'treasure maps' to help discover new materials

23-Mar-2017

Scientists at the University of Southampton working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionise the way we search for, design and produce new materials. The researchers used sophisticated computer modelling to map how ...

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New 'tougher-than-metal' fiber-reinforced hydrogels

28-Feb-2017

Efforts are currently underway around the world to create materials that are friendly to both society and the environment. Among them are those that comprise different materials, which exhibit the merits of each component. Hokkaido University researchers, led by Professor Jian Ping Gong, have ...

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