Researchers have demonstrated "giant flexoelectricity" in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real possibility.
The quantum Hall effect traditionally only plays a role in two-dimensional electron systems. Recently, however, a three-dimensional version of the quantum Hall effect was described in the Dirac semimetal ZrTe5.
An interdisciplinary team from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces presents a laser-driven technology that enables them to create nanoparticles out of materials such as copper, cobalt and nickel oxides. At the usual printing speed, photoelectrodes are produced in this way, for example, for a wide range of applications such as the generation of green hydrogen.
Good acoustics in the workspace improve work efficiency and productivity, which is one of the reasons why acoustic materials matter. The acoustic insulation market is already expected to hit 15 billion USD by 2022 as construction firms and industry pay more attention to sound environments. Researchers at Aalto University, in collaboration with Finnish acoustics company Lumir, have now studied how these common elements around us could become more eco-friendly, with the help of cellulose fibres.
Researchers at Osaka University discover a new organic reaction that selectively converts only a specific carbon-fluorine (C-F) bond in perfluorinated compounds to other functional groups. This is expected to lead to the expansion of the library of seed compounds for fluorine-containing drug discovery.
Atomically thin van der Waals magnets are seen as the ultimately compact media for future magnetic data storage and fast data processing. Controlling the magnetic state of these materials, however, is difficult. But now, an international team of researchers led by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has managed to use light in order to change the anisotropy of a van der Waals antiferromagnet, paving the way to new, extremely efficient means of data storage.
Researchers at Kyoto University's Institute for Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) have developed a new approach to speed up hydrogen atoms moving through a crystal lattice structure at lower temperatures. They reported their findings in the journal Science Advances.
The 2D material hexagonal boron nitride is so resistant to cracking that it defies a century-old theoretical description engineers still use to measure toughness, according to a study by Rice University and Nanyang Technological University in this week's issue of Nature.
* ICFO researchers report in Nature on having achieved, for the first time, entanglement of two multimode quantum memories located in different labs separated by 10 meters, and heralded by a photon at the telecommunication wavelength. * The study has been selected to grace the cover of Nature magazine.
UC San Diego engineers developed a technology that turns a conventional light microscope into what's called a super-resolution microscope. It improves the microscope's resolution (from 200 nm to 40 nm) so that it can be used to directly observe finer structures and details in living cells.