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.

Trapped photons make strontium titanate ferroelectric

Photons trapped in a cavity can cause a crystal known as strontium titanate (SrTiO₃) to become ferroelectric, according to a new study by the MPSD’s theory group. The photons that…

A library of … organic molecules

From modern smartphones to televisions: organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are an emerging technology that promises, among other benefits, excellent image contrast and low power consumption. The complexity of an OLED…

Resource-efficient and cost-effective wear-resistant coatings thanks to new hybrid coating process

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a hybrid additive manufacturing process that combines wire-based and powder-based laser cladding (LMD). The…

The memory of folds

What happens when soft materials are compressed strongly? Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamic and Self-Organization, the University of Twente and Cornell University now revealed the morphology of…

Eco-friendly plastic from cellulose and water

Göttingen University researchers create new kind of environmentally friendly bioplastic with hydroplastic polymers. Plastics offer many benefits to society and are widely used in our daily life: they are lightweight,…

Synthesis of new red phosphors with a smart material as a host material

The valence of Mn changes from 4 to 3 under various conditions. Professor Hiromi Nakano of Toyohashi University of Technology used a material with a unique periodical structure (smart material:…

A new inorganic material with lowest thermal conductivity ever reported

A collaborative research team, led by the University of Liverpool, has discovered a new inorganic material with the lowest thermal conductivity ever reported. This discovery paves the way for the…

New mechanism of superconductivity discovered in graphene

Placing a 2D Bose-Einstein condensate in the vicinity of a graphene layer confers superconductivity to the material. Superconductivity is a physical phenomenon where the electrical resistance of a material drops…

Dead ends for hydrogen-induced cracks in steels

Max Planck scientists publish their latest findings in the journal Nature Materials. Hydrogen – the smallest of all atoms and yet becoming more and more important in terms of climate…

Electrons in quantum liquid gain energy from laser pulses

The absorption of energy from laser light by free electrons in a liquid has been demonstrated for the first time. Until now, this process was observed only in the gas…

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