Materials Sciences

Materials management deals with the research, development, manufacturing and processing of raw and industrial materials. Key aspects here are biological and medical issues, which play an increasingly important role in this field.

innovations-report offers in-depth articles related to the development and application of materials and the structure and properties of new materials.

4D printing: heat shrinks printed objects

Printed polymers that change shape once in a predefined way when heated? This is now possible thanks to a 4D printing technology developed in the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable…

Unlocking the technology to produce unbreakable screens

Cracked phone screens could become a thing of the past thanks to breakthrough research conducted at The University of Queensland. The global team of researchers, led by UQ’s Dr Jingwei Hou, Professor…

Smart material switches between heating and cooling in minutes

Passive technology on roofs and facades could greatly reduce HVAC energy consumption. As anyone who has ever parked a car in the sun on a hot summer day knows, glass…

On-water creation of conducting MOF nanosheets

Spontaneous wide-area spreading of oil on water inspires a facile energy-saving route of crafting electrically conductive nanostructures for future sensor/energy devices. Oil and water do not mix, but what happens…

Metal-halide perovskite semiconductors can compete with silicon counterparts for solar cells, LEDs

Road map for organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite semiconductors and devices. Climate change and its consequences are becoming increasingly obvious, and solar cells that convert the sun’s energy into electricity will play…

Magnetic material 3D-printed from nonmagnetic powder

Scientists from Skoltech and their colleagues have used a 3D printer to fuse two materials in an alloy whose composition continuously changes from one region of the sample to the…

Bagworm silk enables strong conducting fibers

Stronger than spider silk … Using natural silk from bagworms and a synthetic conducting polymer, researchers at the University of Tsukuba have developed a strong conducting fiber that demonstrates promise…

Innovative design of titanium alloy with supreme properties by 3D printing

A research led by scientists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has successfully developed a super-strong, highly ductile and super-light titanium-based alloy using additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D…

Novel advanced light design and fabrication process could revolutionize sensing technologies

Vanderbilt and Penn State engineers have developed a novel approach to design and fabricate thin-film infrared light sources with near-arbitrary spectral output driven by heat, along with a machine learning…

Shape-shifting materials with infinite possibilities

Totimorphic structural materials can achieve any shape. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a shape-shifting material that can take and…

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