Making your phone last longer with sulphur
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

3D-printed polymers for lightweight structures
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Automatic for the polymer
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

A diamond from the smooth
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Sand and soot for next generation quantum computers
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

New automated approach to producing polymers
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Superconducting thorium hydride comes under pressure
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Winner of the 2019 Materials Today Innovation Award announced
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Nanoparticles target tumor’s blood supply
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Nanocrystals put new face on oxygen reduction
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Improving disease control by changing fabric color
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Nice and squeezy does it
Publication date: Available online 21 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

High yield growth and doping of black phosphorus with tunable electronic properties
Publication date: Available online 22 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Mingqiang Liu, Simin Feng, Yi Hou, Shilong Zhao, Lei Tang, Jiaman Liu, Feng Wang, Bilu LiuAbstractBlack phosphorus (BP) has recently attracted significant interest due to its unique electronic and optical properties. Doping is an effective strategy to tune a material’s electronic properties, however, the direct and controllable growth of BP with a high yield and its doping remain a great challenge. Here we report an efficient short-distance transport (SDT) growth approach and achieve the controlled growth of high quality BP with the ...
Source: Materials Today - February 22, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Advanced characterization techniques for solid state lithium battery research
Publication date: Available online 18 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Yuxuan Xiang, Xia Li, Yongqiang Cheng, Xueliang Sun, Yong YangAbstractSolid state batteries have attracted significant attention within the battery community over the last decade, due to the feasibility of developing a new generation of rechargeable Li batteries offering safer and long-term performance. However, many scientific and technical challenges and difficulties still need to be overcome before this new technology can be used commercially. Advanced characterization techniques provide powerful tools for studying these complex and elu...
Source: Materials Today - February 19, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

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Publication date: January–February 2020Source: Materials Today, Volume 32Author(s): (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 16, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Inner cover 1 - Amir A. Zadpoor et al.
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Contents 1
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Contents 2
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Source: Materials Today - February 16, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Decoupled phononic-electronic transport in multi-phase n-type half-Heusler nanocomposites enabling efficient high temperature power generation
Publication date: Available online 8 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Han Byul Kang, Bed Poudel, Wenjie Li, Heonjoong Lee, Udara Saparamadu, Amin Nozariasbmarz, Min Gyu Kang, Adbhut Gupta, Jean J. Heremans, Shashank PriyaAbstractStrongly coupled electronic and thermal transport behavior in thermoelectric (TE) materials has limited their figure of merit (zT). Here we provide breakthrough in decoupling TE parameters in n-type (Hf0.6Zr0.4)NiSn0.99Sb0.01 half-Heusler (hH) alloys through multi-scale nanocomposite architecture comprising of tungsten nanoinclusions. The tungsten nanoparticles not only assist electro...
Source: Materials Today - February 9, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Comparative studies of optoelectrical properties of prominent PV materials: Halide perovskite, CdTe, and GaAs
This study suggests that relatively low point-defect density, less detrimental surface recombination, and moderate structural disordering contribute to the high PV efficiency in the perovskite. This comparative photovoltaics study provides more insights into the fundamental material science and the search for optimal device designs by learning from different technologies.Graphical abstract (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - February 9, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Bioinspired footed soft robot with unidirectional all-terrain mobility
Publication date: Available online 3 February 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Xin Wang, Baisong Yang, Di Tan, Qian Li, Bin Song, Zhong-Shuai Wu, Aránzazu del Campo, Michael Kappl, Zuankai Wang, Stanislav N. Gorb, Sheng Liu, Longjian XueAbstractSoft robots consisting of stimuli-responsive soft materials are expected to achieve tasks otherwise impossible by robots with conventional rigid counterparts. In spite of good progress made over the past several years, robot mobility on various surfaces remains challenging. Here, we report a footed soft robot with good terrain adaptability and large load carrying capabil...
Source: Materials Today - February 4, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Hydrogel machines
Publication date: Available online 28 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Xinyue Liu, Ji Liu, Shaoting Lin, Xuanhe ZhaoAbstractAs polymer networks infiltrated with water, hydrogels constitute the major components of the human body; and hydrogels have been widely used in applications that closely interact with biological organisms, such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, and biological research. More recently, owing to their superior softness, wetness, responsiveness, biocompatibility, and bioactivity, hydrogels are being intensively investigated for versatile functions in devices and machines including sensors...
Source: Materials Today - January 28, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

New composite design promises flexible displays
Publication date: Available online 16 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 17, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Strategies for design of electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution under alkaline conditions
Publication date: Available online 14 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Xuesi Wang, Yao Zheng, Wenchao Sheng, Zhichuan J. Xu, Mietek Jaroniec, Shi-Zhang QiaoAbstractElectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline environments is one of the major energy conversion processes in water electrolysis technology. Very active and cost-effective catalysts are highly desirable for alkaline HER not only for its industrial value but also for its fundamental importance in studying all electrocatalytic reactions occurring on cathode electrodes. However, to date, the reaction mechanism of alkaline HER is still ...
Source: Materials Today - January 16, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

A novel photothermally controlled multifunctional scaffold for clinical treatment of osteosarcoma and tissue regeneration
Publication date: Available online 14 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Liang Ma, Xiaobo Feng, Hang Liang, Kun Wang, Yu Song, Lei Tan, Bingjin Wang, Rongjin Luo, Zhiwei Liao, Gaocai Li, Xiangmei Liu, Shuilin Wu, Cao YangAbstractAfter an osteosarcoma excision, recurrence, large bone defects, and soft tissue injury are significant challenges for clinicians. Conventional treatment by implanting bone replacement materials can induce bone regeneration after surgery, but this does not prevent bleeding, promote soft tissue repair, or help destroy the residual tumor cells. We attempted to develop a new multifunctional ...
Source: Materials Today - January 16, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Graphene-based wearable piezoresistive physical sensors
Publication date: Available online 13 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Qingbin Zheng, Jeng-hun Lee, Xi Shen, Xiaodong Chen, Jang-Kyo KimAbstractIn the last two decades, wearable piezoresistive physical sensors have attracted tremendous attention due to their broad applications in individual health-monitoring, human–machine interfaces, robotics, sports and therapeutics. Many different nanostructured materials, including nanowires, nanoparticles, nanoribbons, carbon black, carbon nanotubes and graphene, have been explored to construct stretchable piezoresistive sensors on an elastomer substrate. Thanks to ...
Source: Materials Today - January 14, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Kirigami-inspired sensors take the strain
Publication date: Available online 13 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 14, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Surface crystallographic structure insensitive growth of oriented graphene domains on Cu substrates
Publication date: Available online 13 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Yuting Hou, Bojun Wang, Longlong Zhan, Fangzhu Qing, Xiaomu Wang, Xiaobin Niu, Xuesong LiAbstractCu-based chemical vapor deposition method can produce large-area graphene films, usually polycrystalline films with grain boundaries as the main defects. One way to reduce grain boundaries is to grow oriented graphene domains (OGDs), which can ultimately perfectly integrate. In contrast to previously reported methods of limiting OGD growth on Cu (1 1 1), we find that OGDs can grow on Cu substrates with a large surface crystallographic struct...
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

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Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Improved electrical devices from 3D-printed polymer structures
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Aerogel support for enzymes
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Porous scaffold makes a good home for blood stem cells
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Drug dust bust
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Method for 3D printing of soft materials in fine detail
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Flushed with success
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Sunlight breaks down ‘missing’ oceanic plastic waste
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Understanding thermionic emission in graphene
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Rediscovered material has superconductivity useful for quantum computing
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Spider silk stitches up antibacterial coatings
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Unsinkable metal structure uses spider sense to stay afloat
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Shedding light on biomimetics
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Perovskite for low-temperature ammonia production
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Carbon nanotube composites cut CO2 emissions
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Storing renewable energy even when there is no sun or wind
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Laurie Donaldson (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Chimera’ membrane promises to filter out micropollutants
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Cordelia Sealy (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Build a better biomimetic bone
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): David Bradley (Source: Materials Today)
Source: Materials Today - January 13, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Transition metal chalcogenide anodes for sodium storage
Publication date: Available online 3 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Zeeshan Ali, Teng Zhang, Muhammad Asif, Lina Zhao, Yan Yu, Yanglong HouAbstractOwing to the low cost and indefinite availability of sodium resources, rechargeable sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are now being considered as the most appealing alternatives to their lithium-ion counterparts for large scale applications. On the other hand, transition metal chalcogenides (TMCs) have emerged as potential candidates of SIB anodes due to their versatile material species, ample abundance, low cost, robust nature and high theoretical capacities. However, ...
Source: Materials Today - January 4, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Thermally drawn advanced functional fibers: New frontier of flexible electronics
Publication date: Available online 3 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Wei Yan, Chaoqun Dong, Yuanzhuo Xiang, Shan Jiang, Andreas Leber, Gabriel Loke, Wenxin Xu, Chong Hou, Shifeng Zhou, Min Chen, Run Hu, Perry Ping Shum, Lei Wei, Xiaoting Jia, Fabien Sorin, Xiaoming Tao, Guangming TaoAbstractElectronic devices are evolving from rigid devices into flexible and stretchable structures, enabling a seamless integration of electronics into our everyday lives. The integration of a variety of electronic materials within thermal-drawn fibers has emerged as a versatile platform for the fabrication of advanced functional...
Source: Materials Today - January 4, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Highly efficient nanostructured metal-decorated hybrid semiconductors for solar conversion of CO2 with almost complete CO selectivity
Publication date: Available online 3 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Chau T.K. Nguyen, Ngoc Quang Tran, Sohyeon Seo, Heemin Hwang, Simgeon Oh, Jianmin Yu, Jinsun Lee, Thi Anh Le, Joseph Hwang, Meeree Kim, Hyoyoung LeeAbstractPhotocatalytic reduction of CO2 into solar fuels is regarded as a promising method to address global warming and energy crisis problems. Although heterostructured hybrid metal oxide catalysts have been used for CO2 reduction, selective control for CO production-only remains the subject of debate. In this paper, we report an absolute selectivity for CO production-only with enhanced photoca...
Source: Materials Today - January 4, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research

Continuous 2000 K droplet-to-particle synthesis
Publication date: Available online 2 January 2020Source: Materials TodayAuthor(s): Xizheng Wang, Zhennan Huang, Yonggang Yao, Haiyu Qiao, Geng Zhong, Yong Pei, Chaolun Zheng, Dylan Kline, Qinqin Xia, Zhiwei Lin, Jiaqi Dai, Michael R. Zachariah, Bao Yang, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Liangbing HuAbstractAerosol spray coupled with high-temperature pyrolysis is an emerging technique for continuous manufacturing of nanomaterials at large scale that demonstrates extremely high production efficiency. Current aerosol spray techniques using a tube furnace can only attain a low temperature range (generally 95%), during which salt decomp...
Source: Materials Today - January 4, 2020 Category: Materials Science Source Type: research