With attractive shapes and vivid colors, a majority of crystals are undoubtedly the wonders of nature. A few crystals are also wonders of science, with revolutionary applications in optics and electronics. Therefore, identifying an optimal way to grow these crystals is crucial to more advancements.
The National Science Foundation announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform national user facility at Penn State's Materials Research Institute, the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium.
Materials in a glassy state are everywhere in our lives and have contributed to humanity for many years.
They are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, and just a few atoms thick: two-dimensional materials are the thinnest substances it is possible to make today.
Porous single-crystal monolithic catalytic materials offer the benefits of a clear lattice structure, long-range ordered lattice structure, precise chemical composition, disorderly interconnected pore structure, and clear surface composition.
At the heart of clouds are ice crystals. And at the heart of ice crystals, often, are aerosol particles - dust in the atmosphere onto which ice can form more easily than in the open air.
Rigaku has taken a pioneering role in establishing an online crystallography school delivered via Zoom.
Alchemy, which attempted to turn cheap metals such as lead and copper into gold, has not yet succeeded. However, with the development of alloys in which two or three auxiliary elements are mixed with the best elements of the times, modern alchemy can produce high-tech metal materials with high strength, such as high entropy alloys.
Ice is an extremely multipurpose material. The oxygen atoms in ice cubes or snowflakes are arranged in a hexagonal pattern. An ice form like this is referred to as ice one (ice I).
When materials reach extremely small size scales, strange things begin to happen. One of those phenomena is the formation of mesocrystals.