From lamellar bilayer membranes to single-bilayer-thick polymeric nanosheets

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The synthesis of free-standing, ultrathin polymeric nanosheets of lamellar bilayer membrane via spatially confined polymerization has been reported.

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Programmable metamaterial has custom vibration response

Working model of the programmable material, shown on the cover of Advanced Materials, issue March 5th, 2014.

Vibration-damping material can also specifically conduct certain frequencies.

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Easy and rapid sintering technique for microbeads

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Researchers reduced the sintering time for an adsorbent by a factor of 60 and improved the specific surface area.

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Useful Uncertainty Causes Ultrafast Charge Transfer in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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In a Review Article in the Advanced Materials 25th anniversary series, Nobel Laureate Alan J. Heeger discusses BHJ solar cell operation and how efficiencies can top 20%.

Engineering materials to inhibit the immune response

A research team have coated biomaterial surfaces with a naturally expressed molecule that inhibit the inflammatory activation of immune cells.

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Introducing Advanced Materials Interfaces

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The first issue of Advanced Materials Interfaces has been published.

How to Prevent Dewetting of Liquid Thin Films?

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A network of polymer crystalline fibrils generated in situ during spin-coating suppresses effectively dewetting of the diluted polymer solution.

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iCVD: a versatile technique for surface science

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Initiator chemical vapour deposition (iCVD) is an elegant and versatile technique with applications ranging from biotechnology to microelectronics.

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Custom nanoscale surface properties on demand

Researchers from The University of Melbourne have developed a novel and efficient route to build nanoscale cross-linked films on surfaces.

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Electron-beam lithography: an old dog with new tricks

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Technique finds new use in patterning polymers to control cells and proteins.