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World’s first X-ray of a single atom

Researchers from Ohio University, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and others, took the world’s first X-ray signal of just one atom using a purpose-built synchrotron X-ray instrument.

Producing large, clean, 2D materials made easy

Researchers at the University of Groningen developed a method that enables the production of air-sensitive 2D materials on various substrates.

Unveiling the nanoscale frontier: innovating with nanoporous model electrodes

Researchers at Tohoku University and Tsinghua University introduced a next-generation model membrane electrode that consists of an ordered array of hollow giant carbon nanotubes within a nanoporous membrane.


Protein can sort rare earth elements better than current mining practices

Researchers led by The Pennsylvania State University engineered a protein that sorts rare earth elements quickly and without any of the extra energy or noxious chemicals currently used industrially.


Turning a circle into a square is possible with this kirigami-inspired formula

Inspired by the paper-cutting art of kirigami, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers developed a computational strategy for transforming virtually any 2D shape into other 2D shapes. The method could be used to solve engineering challenges.

Low-temperature method for 3D printing nanoscale optical-grade glass

Researchers found a hybrid organic–inorganic polymer resin enables 3D printing of nanoscale optical-grade glass at temperatures half of what other approaches require.

MIT researchers develop Inconel 718-ceramic nanowires powder for AM

Researchers led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology found a simple, inexpensive way to strengthen Inconel 718 with ceramic nanowires to be used in metal powder bed fusion additive manufacturing processes.


Palladium oxides could make better superconductors

Palladium oxides could be used to make superconductors that work at higher temperatures than copper or nickel oxides, according to calculations by researchers at the University of Hyogo, TU Wien, and colleagues. They found that the palladium oxides RbSr2PdO3 and A′2PdO2Cl2 (A′=Ba0.5La0.5) are “virtually optimal.”

Buckle up! A new class of materials is here

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam found a way to create lightweight materials that are stiff but still good at absorbing vibrations. The trick was to use materials that buckle, like thin metal sheets.

Inside the world of glass science: an interview with ACerS Fellow Edgar D. Zanotto

In the first episode of the YouTube show “A Sip of Chemistry,” ACerS Fellow and Federal University of São Carlos professor Edgar D. Zanotto shared insights about glass science, a topic he has studied for many years.

UC Santa Cruz now offers graduate degrees in materials science and engineering

The University of California gave approval to UC Santa Cruz to begin offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering. Administered jointly by the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the Baskin School of Engineering, the new program aims to begin enrolling graduate students in fall 2023.