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Sandwich System of Transition Metal Oxides Helps Control Properties of Interfaces

Sandwich System of Transition Metal Oxides Helps Control Properties of Interfaces

A Franco-German cooperation has investigated a sandwich system of transition metal oxides at BESSY II. The scientists discovered a new option to control properties of the interface between the two layers, for instance the amount of charge transferred from one layer to the other or the emergence of ferromagnetism. Their insights might help to create new properties at the interface, not present in the primary materials, maybe even novel forms of High Tc superconductivity. [More]
MIT, Texas Instruments Researchers Develop Unhackable Radio Frequency Identification Chips

MIT, Texas Instruments Researchers Develop Unhackable Radio Frequency Identification Chips

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new type of radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that is virtually impossible to hack. [More]
Sandia Labs Analyzes Impact on Composites Using Nondestructive Testing Methods

Sandia Labs Analyzes Impact on Composites Using Nondestructive Testing Methods

Researchers David Moore and Timothy Briggs from Sandia National Laboratories and their teams are analyzing the inner parts of a composite material. Moore had a rectangular piece of carbon composite material with a surface that was smooth with a weak woven pattern. [More]
New Discovery Ensures Fast Transport of Electrical Charges in Polymers

New Discovery Ensures Fast Transport of Electrical Charges in Polymers

A team of researchers at Umeå University have demonstrated, for the first time, the possibility of an efficient charge transport in semiconducting polymers, by controlled chain and crystallite orientation. These pioneering results, while enhancing polymer charge transport by over 1,000 times, can influence organic opto-electronic devices, and were published in a recent issue of Advanced Materials. [More]
Penn Team’s Method Facilitates Manufacture of Complex Form of Liquid Matter, Bijels

Penn Team’s Method Facilitates Manufacture of Complex Form of Liquid Matter, Bijels

Oil and water don't mix, but when one is finely dispersed in the other a liquid mixture is produced with useful properties. An emulsion comprising of tiny droplets of one of the liquids immersed in the other is the usual form, found in salad dressings, cosmetics and industrial lubricants. [More]
Smart Materials Help to Improve Energy Harvesting

Smart Materials Help to Improve Energy Harvesting

A research group at France's National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA de Lyon) have discovered a technique to improve the mechanical energy harvesting performance potential of smart materials called, "electrostrictive polymers." [More]
New Research Opens Door to Devices Based on Junctions of Correlated Electronic Materials

New Research Opens Door to Devices Based on Junctions of Correlated Electronic Materials

A magnetic state in a few atomic laters of artificially synthesized materials, known as transitional metal oxides, has been developed by researchers from the University of Arkansas and their colleagues. [More]
Researchers Successfully Weave 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks from Helical Organic Threads

Researchers Successfully Weave 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks from Helical Organic Threads

There are many different ways to make nanomaterials but weaving, the oldest and most enduring method of making fabrics, has not been one of them – until now. An international collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, has woven the first three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from helical organic threads. [More]
New 3D Microprinting Process Helps Create Tiny Copper Objects

New 3D Microprinting Process Helps Create Tiny Copper Objects

A group of researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an advanced 3D microprinting method, that can be utilized to develop small, intricate, overhanging metal structures in just one simple step. This latest technique holds potential for designing a wide range of microtools, such as tools for keyhole surgeries and complicated components for watches. [More]
Lehigh Professor Receives Grant to Explore Anti-Thermal Behavior of Materials

Lehigh Professor Receives Grant to Explore Anti-Thermal Behavior of Materials

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Lehigh to study and discover the mechanisms that govern anti-thermal processes that appear to reverse nature. [More]