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.

A new topological magnet with colossal angular magnetoresistance

Trillion percent change of resistance can be achieved in the new material by simply rotating the direction of spin. While electrons are well known to carry both charge and spin,…

Mystery of high performing novel solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have used a suite of correlative, multimodal microscopy methods to visualise, for the first time, why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in…

Accurate analysis of 3D-printed components

Together with scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), X-ray specialists from Empa are now providing their industrial partners with access to state-of-the-art material analysis of 3D-printed work pieces and…

Can defects turn inert materials into useful, active ones?

Demonstrating that a material thought to be always chemically inert, hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), can be turned chemically active holds potential for a new class of catalysts with a wide…

Airy material with explosive power

International research team led by Kiel develops a new method for the generation of controllable electrical explosions. Theoretically, it only takes 450 grams of this material to lift an elephant:…

Graphene-like 2D material leverages quantum effects to achieve ultra-low friction

Magnetene could have useful applications as a lubricant in implantable devices or other micro-electro-mechanical systems. A team of researchers from University of Toronto Engineering and Rice University have reported the first…

Study challenges standard ideas about piezoelectricity in ferroelectric crystals

For years, researchers believed that the smaller the domain size in a ferroelectric crystal, the greater the piezoelectric properties of the material. However, recent findings by Penn State researchers have…

A frugal way to study complex systems and materials

To celebrate the 60th birthday of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway in 1889, the journal Acta Mathematica offered a prize for manuscripts that could help solve the following question, generally…

Smart textiles: High performance, breathable fabric to power small electronics

Scientists have created a new triboelectric fabric that generates electricity from the movement of the body while remaining flexible and breathable. The triboelectric effect is a phenomenon where a charge…

Ultra-large single-crystal WS2 monolayer

New technique opens a possibility to replace silicon with 2D materials in semiconducting technology. As silicon based semiconducting technology is approaching the limit of its performance, new materials that may…

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