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Automotive industry drives search for tunable thermal “switch” materials

New thin-film material automatically changes conductivity and helps to harness and repurpose waste heat. Continue reading

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Metal migration damages perovskite solar cells

Heat-induced migration of metal contacts is one culprit behind the degradation that plagues otherwise efficient perovskite solar cells. Continue reading

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Plasma oxidation technique yields precise control over mixed metal oxide composition

Mixed metal oxide alloys play an important role as substrates and catalysts for many energy conversion and storage applications. Until now, making multi-element solid solutions with precise compositions has eluded current synthesis techniques. Continue reading

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Directional freeze-casting method produces highly structured metal foams by ice-templating

The key to producing an anisotropic tungsten metal foam is starting with a non-metallic oxide powder, and reducing it to metal before densifying the final structure. Continue reading

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Simple Technique Produces Pure, High-Quality Nanodiamonds

Nanodiamonds, or pure diamonds with a length scale less than a micrometer, are a materials scientist’s best friend in areas such as imaging, spintronics, and quantum computing. Now, researchers have overcome key challenges and developed a straightforward way of producing extremely … Continue reading

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MRS Bulletin: Photonic Crystal Nanolasers

‘Photonic-crystal nanolasers shown to be highly sensitive biosensors’ printed in Materials News section of January 2016 MRS Bulletin. Continue reading

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Photonic Crystal Nanolasers Shown to be Highly Sensitive Biosensors

Move over, ELISA. While the Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay has long been one of the most popular ways of detecting and quantifying the presence of antibodies or antigens in solution, nanolasers may be poised to share the spotlight on the biosensor stage. Continue reading

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