Analyzing Lithium–Sulfur Batteries in Operando Mode

A new technique is developed for studying lithium-sulfur batteries in operation: UV/Vis spectroscopy in operando mode.

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Topological insulators: a new approach to spintronics

New material combination could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic.

Nitin Samarth, department head of physics at Penn State, works with the molecular beam epitaxy equipment in his lab. He conducts research to design and build new materials needed for radically new kinds of computer chips that could open the door to a new era of super-fast quantum computers. Credit: Fredric Weber, Penn State University.

Hybrid electronic transport in peptides

Researchers show that ionic and electronic conduction occur simultaneously in self-assembled peptide nanostructures.

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Porous polymer membrane can flex its muscles

A membrane that can lift 20 times its own weight when it comes into contact with a solvent vapour has been developed by a German/Chinese team.

A talent for motion: thanks to its pores and chemical structure, the membrane developed by the scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces curls faster and more vigorously than comparable actuators. Image: MPI of Colloids and Interfaces

Altering the optical properties of organic crystals

European researchers have developed a multi-displinary approach to designing organic crystals with targeted linear and nonlinear optical properties.

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Functionalizing microstructuring surfaces without distortion

A team at the University of Central Florida has developed an alternative route for functionalizing polymers using water-based chemistry.

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Investigating quantum dot photoluminescence

Researchers have observed drastic shifts in the photoluminescence emission spectra of quantum dots.

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RNA-loaded red blood cells to vaccinate against cancer

Nair and colleagues demonstrate that a tumor vaccine can be formulated by loading RNA into whole blood cells directly after blood draw.

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A talent for motion: thanks to its pores and chemical structure, the membrane developed by the scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces curls faster and more vigorously than comparable actuators. Image: MPI of Colloids and Interfaces

Porous polymer membrane can flex its muscles

A membrane that can lift 20 times its own weight when it comes into contact with a solvent vapour has been developed by a German/Chinese team.

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Nano-confinement reduces the chaos of DNA interactions: Bringing order to chemotherapy

Researchers at Texas A&M have observed dynamics that could otherwise be discounted as noise in DNA/small molecule interactions.

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Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization

Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

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Advanced Optical Materials – July Issue Covers

Check out the articles highlighted on the covers of the latest issue of Advanced Optical Materials.

Wiley-VCH is looking for an assistant editor

Wiley-VCH seeks an assistant editor for their materials science program, to be based in Weinheim, south-west Germany.

Series of still scanning electron micrographs (a to d) show how the electron beam is used to create nanowires. Image: Junhao Lin / Vanderbilt.

Nanoelectronics gets a boost from electron-beam processed nanowires

Flexible metallic wires, only three atoms wide, produced with scanning transmission electron microscope.

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For the love of extreme materials: Joanna Aizenberg

Interview with Professor Joanna Aizenberg as new member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Advanced Materials.

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Fabricating on-chip chalcogenide photonic elements

A group publish work exploring new routes for the fabrication of on-chip photonic elements with chalcogenides.

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Improving on nature: light-driven biomimetic actuators

Researchers at Jilin University, China have reported the fabrication of low-power near-infrared (NIR) light-driven bilayer actuators.

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Taming disorder to get ordered functional architecture

New research suggests that the introduction of molecular disorder can be the key to enhanced transport properties in organic electronics.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization

Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

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Imaging with non-toxic quantum dots

North American researchers have prepared luminescent core-shell nanoparticles from non-toxic silicon for use in biomedical imaging.

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Microscopic switch shines a light on drug delivery

Researchers in Australia have developed a microscopic on-off light to help investigate how drug delivery systems interact with cells.

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Mimicking inflammation with a biomimetic interface

An interface that models inflammation and infection will allow researchers to investigate biomolecular dynamics changes in local microenvironments.

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Book review: Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites

Professor Masami Okmoto of the Toyota Technological Institute reviews the first edition of Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites.

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World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

MarkForged have introduced the Mark One 3D printer, which can print parts from continuous carbon fibers.

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Self-healing materials for soft robotic applications

Nadia Cheng and colleagues present a novel thermally tunable composite that can achieve significant ranges of stiffness, strength, and volume.

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Book review: Biomineralization Sourcebook

Professor Andreas Taubert reviews the Biomineralization Sourcebook: Characterization of Biominerals and Biomimetic Materials.

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Computations and experiments predict a precision structural model for fullerenols

Researchers from CAS and other collaborative research institutions have proposed a precision structural model for fullerenols.

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Advanced Optical Materials – July Issue Covers

Check out the articles highlighted on the covers of the latest issue of Advanced Optical Materials.

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Silicon carbide finds its place (in a nuclear reactor)

Toshiba and IBIDEN unveil a prototype silicon carbide fuel assembly cover for use in nuclear power stations.

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Fishing for oil with a polymer sponge

A team from USTC have developed a new oil collection apparatus based on a combination of HPS with pipes and a self-priming pump.

High-capacity battery uses only organic ingredients

American researchers design organic battery intended for deployment in power stations.

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Artificial muscle for biomimetic soft robotics

A soft laminate simultaneously functions as a high-efficiency bending actuator and a high-efficiency open-air supercapacitor.

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Speeding up the characterization of organic photovoltaics

A new contactless and rapid light beam-induced current method can be used to identify defects in complex organic multilayer films.

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Nanoprobes allow a new kind of cancer detection

Researchers have reported a new method for detecting cancer cells, using SERS and fluorescence dual-encoded magnetic nanoprobes.

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Book review: Standardisation in Cell and Tissue Engineering

Professor Robert Brown of UCL’s Tissue Repair and Engineering Centre reviews Standardisation in Cell and Tissue Engineering from Elsevier.

Recombinant proteins for better hydrogels

Researchers at Nankai University report the design and engineering of a recombinant protein that can be used for drug-delivering hydrogels.

Award-winning lightweight design

Award-winning lightweight design

GF Automotive gets the Lightweight Award for their magnesium high-pressure die-casting oil conduct module.

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Book review: Colloidal Suspension Rheology

Professor J. M. Brader of the University of Freiburg reviews Colloidal Suspension Rheology from Cambridge University Press.

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Conductive coatings for flexible touchscreens

Researchers adapt mobile phones and smart phones to the carrying habits of their users.

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Nanoparticle system combines chemo- and antiangiogenic therapy

Xuesi Chen and co-workers from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry explore the potential of combining chemotherapy with antiangiogenic therapy.

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Microscale Assembly on Liquid Templates: A Promising Tool for Tissue Engineering

Liquid templates produced by standing (Faraday) waves are used to assemble various soft, rigid, and biological materials in intricate patterns.

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Advances in Advanced Ceramics and Coating Processing

This themed issue of Advanced Engineering Materials focusses on novel processing of advanced ceramics, composites, and coatings.