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No pressure, no problem—researchers create transparent nanoceramics using pressureless crystallization

By Lisa McDonald / July 16, 2019

Transparent ceramics offer advantages over conventional glass and single-crystal technologies—could transparent nanoceramics be even more advantageous? Researchers show how pressureless glass crystallization could offer an easier way to synthesize transparent nanoceramics.

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Pantry ingredients help cook cakes and carbon nanotubes equally

By Lisa McDonald / July 2, 2019

Compared to common metallic catalysts, researchers from MIT, Harvard, and NIST found sodium catalysts synthesize carbon nanotubes at far lower temperatures and do not leave residue behind in the final product.

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Fabricate MOFs with the power of sound

By Lisa McDonald / June 21, 2019

An Australian research team developed a one-step synthesis and activation technique for metal-organic framework powders that both ensures a high degree of orientation and removes the need for further post-processing steps.

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Freestanding perovskite films reach a new low

By Lisa McDonald / June 18, 2019

Must perovskite oxide films consist of a minimum number of layers to retain stability? Researchers in China and the United States found a specific deposition technique lets them deposit freestanding perovskite sheets thinner than a suggested critical limit.

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Not so inert after all—noble gas defects generated in nanodiamonds

By Lisa McDonald / June 11, 2019

Researchers from the University of Washington, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found noble gases—usually considered inert—can be incorporated into the diamond lattice during HPHT synthesis of nanodiamonds.

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Breakthroughs with boron nitride could enable more efficient electronics

By April Gocha / June 4, 2019

Recent research may enable integration of boron nitride into next-gen electronics. Researchers have proven boron nitride’s high thermal conductivity and integrated the material into a flexible yet efficient nanocomposite.

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Coal-derived quantum dots offer basis for effective antioxidant

By Lisa McDonald / May 14, 2019

Coal can cause serious health issues when burned as a fuel. But when used as a source of graphene quantum dots, it could help treat traumatic injuries, as Rice University researchers and their colleagues show in new research.

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Squishy when cold—Graphene foam retains elasticity at cryogenic temperatures

By Lisa McDonald / April 30, 2019

Researchers from Nankai and Rice universities found their 3D cross-linked graphene foam could retain its reversible and robust compressive elasticity at temperatures near absolute zero, a property not observed previously for any other bulk material.

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Magnetic oxides provide alternative to clean up oil spills

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2019

Researchers in Germany developed functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles that can attract hydrocarbons. They are working with industry partners to transfer the concept to real-world oil spill cleanup operations.

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Change colors like a fish: Iron oxide nanoparticles mimic neon tetra skin

By Lisa McDonald / April 2, 2019

North Carolina State University researchers, inspired by neon tetra fish, created a material that changes color by changing the orientation of nanostructured columns on its surface.

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