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Novel Method for Industrial-Scale Synthesis of Ultrahard Fullerite Material

Novel Method for Industrial-Scale Synthesis of Ultrahard Fullerite Material

A collaborative team of researchers have discovered a novel method for synthesis of ultrahard fullerite material. This material is a polymer made up of fullerenes, which are spherical molecules composed of carbon atoms. [More]
Very Low Voltages Help Control Surface Tension of Liquid Metals

Very Low Voltages Help Control Surface Tension of Liquid Metals

A team of researchers have developed a novel method for manipulating the surface tension of liquid metals by the application of very low voltages. This method holds promise for advanced reconfigurable antennas and electronic circuits. The technique is based on the fact that the removable oxide skin of the metal behaves similar to a surfactant, which reduces the surface tension between the fluid and the metal. [More]
New Insight into the Rapid Charging and Draining of Lithium Batteries

New Insight into the Rapid Charging and Draining of Lithium Batteries

Researchers from the Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are challenging the prevailing view that the rapid charging and draining of lithium ion batteries is damaging and have discovered a new way to think about battery degradation. [More]
University of Vienna Researchers Move Single Silicon Atoms in Graphene

University of Vienna Researchers Move Single Silicon Atoms in Graphene

Researchers from the University of Vienna have used single-layer graphene with silicon atoms embedded into its lattice in order to study the manipulation of single atoms. [More]
Mechanical Behaviour of Twinned Aluminium Discovered Using Nanoindentation Technique

Mechanical Behaviour of Twinned Aluminium Discovered Using Nanoindentation Technique

A team of researchers from Texas A&M University have revealed the work-hardening and plasticity properties of twinned aluminium with incoherent twin boundaries using an in situ nanoindentation technique. [More]
High-Strength, Non-Corrosive Graphene Paint for Varied Industrial Applications

High-Strength, Non-Corrosive Graphene Paint for Varied Industrial Applications

Researchers at the University of Manchester have discovered that graphene paint, which is a solution of graphene oxide, could provide a non-corrosive, chemically resistant, and impermeable coating for applications in a wide range of industries. [More]
Scientists Study Molecular Scale Behaviour of Polystyrene Using X-ray Laser

Scientists Study Molecular Scale Behaviour of Polystyrene Using X-ray Laser

Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have explained the complex behaviour of polystyrene using its Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser. Polystyrene is a widely used polymer, namely in the manufacture of plastic cups and packing foams. [More]
Scientists Combine Offbeat Carbon Structures to Form a Rectifier

Scientists Combine Offbeat Carbon Structures to Form a Rectifier

Scientists have collaborated to develop a molecular rectifier that can reduce the size of chip components to the size of molecules. Two unusual forms of carbon were joined to create the rectifier. One form of the carbon was like a diamond, while the other was like a soccer ball. [More]
European Researchers Successfully Synthesize Germanene - the 'Cousin' to Graphene

European Researchers Successfully Synthesize Germanene - the 'Cousin' to Graphene

A European research team has successfully synthesized germanene, a material considered to be a 'cousin of graphene.' Germanene is a 2D material that is anticipated to demonstrate remarkable optical and electrical properties. It is considered to hold significant potential for a wide range of applications in the electronics industry. [More]
Bottom-Up Fabrication Method Produces Defect-Free Graphene Nanoribbons

Bottom-Up Fabrication Method Produces Defect-Free Graphene Nanoribbons

Researchers from Tohoku University have developed a new method to produce defect-free graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). The technique produces GNRs with periodic zigzag-edge regions by using a bottom-up fabrication method. The length distribution and growth direction of the GNR are controlled by this method. [More]