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Updated Crystalline Sponge Technique for Single-Crystal X-ray Diffraction Analysis

Updated Crystalline Sponge Technique for Single-Crystal X-ray Diffraction Analysis

X-ray crystallographic analysis is one of the only methods that provides direct information on molecular structures at the atomic level. The method, however, has the intrinsic limitation that the target molecules must be crystalline, and high-quality single crystals must be prepared before measurement. [More]
Scientists Study Magnetic and Ferroelectric Properties of Multiferroic Materials

Scientists Study Magnetic and Ferroelectric Properties of Multiferroic Materials

In 1894, Pierre Curie speculated on the “the symmetry in physical phenomena, symmetry of an electric field and a magnetic field.” Since then material scientists have working to discover a unique material that displays the coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in a single compound, referred to as a multiferroic compound. [More]
Li-Ion Batteries Fabricated from Crystalline Materials Can Solve Electric Conductivity Problem

Li-Ion Batteries Fabricated from Crystalline Materials Can Solve Electric Conductivity Problem

Lithium-ion batteries are a rapidly growing energy storage method due to their high energy density, especially in mobile applications such as personal electronics and electric cars. [More]
Novel X-ray Method Provides Better Images of Imperfect Crystals of Biomolecules

Novel X-ray Method Provides Better Images of Imperfect Crystals of Biomolecules

Forming the high-quality crystals required for X-ray analysis of the structure of biological molecules is often the most difficult part of taking atomic-resolution images. Using the world's brightest X-ray source, at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, researchers have demonstrated that sharp images are obtainable, even with imperfect crystals. [More]
Twisted X-rays Help Explore Biological and Nanoscale Structures

Twisted X-rays Help Explore Biological and Nanoscale Structures

The phenomenon of X-ray diffraction by crystals was discovered more than a century ago, and since then it has been a preferred technique for structure determination. It has established its presence in structural research in the fields of biology, and material science. However, many materials whose structures are unknown, do not easily crystallize as three-dimensional structures. [More]
Newly Developed Organic Semiconductor Crystals Enable Cost-Effective Flexible Electronics Production

Newly Developed Organic Semiconductor Crystals Enable Cost-Effective Flexible Electronics Production

Scientists from the Faculty of Physics of the Moscow State University have grown organic semiconductor crystals which can reduce the cost of the process of creating light, flexible and transparent light-emitting electronic devices of the new generation. [More]
Anisotropic Materials Could Enable Effective Absorption of Electromagnetic Radiation

Anisotropic Materials Could Enable Effective Absorption of Electromagnetic Radiation

Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, MIPT, and Kansas State University have established a new method to absorb electromagnetic radiation, using a specific absorbing system like an anisotropic crystal. The study holds immense potential for electrodynamics and could offer a new way to absorb the electromagnetic wave energy. The results of the study have been reported in Physical Review B. [More]
New Way to Select Specific Surfaces of Single-Crystal Ice for Study

New Way to Select Specific Surfaces of Single-Crystal Ice for Study

A Tufts University chemist has discovered a way to select specific surfaces of single-crystal ice for study, a long-sought breakthrough that could help researchers answer essential questions about climate and the environment. The discovery is detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition, publishing the week of October 26 in advance of print. [More]
Cyclic Deformation Could Eliminate Crystal Defects in Nanoscale Metal Parts

Cyclic Deformation Could Eliminate Crystal Defects in Nanoscale Metal Parts

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Xi’an Jiaotong University and Carnegie Mellon University amongst others have discovered that when nanoscale metal pieces are stretched in small amounts repeatedly, the material can be strengthened as crystal defects are eliminated. This new process is known as “cyclic healing.” [More]
Berkeley Lab Team Creates 2D Atomically Thin Perovskite Hybrid Nanostructures from Ionic Materials

Berkeley Lab Team Creates 2D Atomically Thin Perovskite Hybrid Nanostructures from Ionic Materials

Atomically thin 2D sheets of conducting perovskite hybrids have been produced in solution. The crystals have conducting properties that make them a contender as a replacement for silicon. [More]