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A new spin on epitaxy
Spin coating offers a simple and inexpensive approach to growing single-crystal epitaxial thin films of device-relevant materials.
ENERGY | NANOSCIENCE & NANOMATERIALS
Bioinspired solid-state Zn electrolyte forms backbone of new battery design
The batteries constructed using the nanocomposite electrolyte are rechargeable and have a Coulombic efficiency of 96−100% after 50−100 charge−discharge cycles.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
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BIOLOGICAL, BIOMEDICAL, BIOMATERIALS | MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
E-skin detects direction of applied pressure
This electronic-skin, made for robotics, is covered in sensors that can sense force from multiple directions.
Acoustic processes in materials
Guest editors Leonid V. Zhigilei and Henry Helvajian review some of the recent scientific and technical advances in the general area of acoustically enabled materials synthesis, processing, and characterization.
COMPUTATION, SIMULATION, THEORY
Using artificial intelligence to accelerate materials development
Far from being merely a tool for automated materials exploration, artificial intelligence might supply nothing less than a new way of doing science, helping to improve, streamline, and guide the process of acquiring new knowledge about the materials universe.
METALS & ALLOYS
Magnetic origami robots
Magnet-controlled robots can grasp and fold on command.
POLYMERS & SOFT MATERIALS | MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
Graded index nanoporous Teflon coatings make transparent polymers invisible
A trilayer coating optimized for the visible range yields optical reflectivity down to ∼0.1%.
Automating material image analysis for material discovery
Chiwoo Park and Yu Ding discuss both static image and dynamic image analyses, followed by remarks concerning ongoing efforts and future needs in automated image analysis that accelerates materials discovery.
MRS CORPORATE PARTNER
HIGH VOLTAGE ENGINEERING is an MRS Corporate Partner. The Corporate Partner Program supports the Materials Research Society Foundation.
Glass: More than just a window pane
A commonplace material like glass might seem like it would be uninteresting to study but let me try and convince you otherwise.
2018 Journal of Materials Research (JMR) Paper of the Year
Congratulations to Huachen Cui, Ryan Hensleigh, Hongshun Chen and Xiaoyu Zheng of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, for their award-winning article, Additive Manufacturing and size-dependent mechanical properties of three-dimensional microarchitected, high-temperature ceramic metamaterials.
Enjoy free access in perpetuity to all JMR Papers of the Year.
3D-printed all-liquid device
With the click of a button, the 3D-printed all-liquid device can be reconfigured repeatedly on demand to serve a wide range of applications, from making battery materials to screening drug candidates.
EDUCATION, POLICY, SOCIETY | BIOLOGICAL, BIOMEDICAL, BIOMATERIALS
Using Hollywood special effects to save lives
A simulations engineer uses his special effects and robotics know-how toward creations—which have eyes that blink, skin that feels real, and veins that bleed fake blood—to help doctors master life-saving medical procedures.
NANOSCIENCE & NANOMATERIALS
Synthesis, surface modification, and applications of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONPs)
Wenhui Ling and co-authors review the processes, mechanisms, advances, advantages, and disadvantages of six main approaches for the synthesis of MIONPs; surface modification of MIONPs with inorganic materials, organic molecules, and polymer molecules; applications of MIONPs or modified MIONPs; the technical challenges of synthesizing MIONPs; and their limitations in biomedical applications in order to provide theoretical and technological guidance for their future applications.
Journal of Materials Research
EDUCATION, POLICY, SOCIETY
US National Academies report on the Frontiers of Materials Research
This report reviews developments in materials science over the last decade, examines a range of
future opportunities in materials research, and makes recommendations to update government policy to better support this research into the coming decade.
Scaling sorbent materials for real oil-sorbing applications and environmental disasters
There are few feasible options for sorbents, which can be quickly manufactured and deployed in the event of a major oil spill and so every oil spill is an ecological disaster. Andrew Patalano and co-authors provide an understanding of what a realistic, full-scale crude oil spill solution would look like based on the performance of the best sorbents currently available, their costs, and their advantages.
MRS Energy & Sustainability
Von Hippel Award Symposium in Honour of Prof CNR Rao FRS
Jointly organized with MRS at the 10th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies.
June 23-28, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Chairs of this Symposium include Mike Fitzsimmons, 2019 MRS President, and Sean J. Hearne, 2018 MRS President.
Register by June 8 and save!
(Liability) Safety first
During a phone interview with Prof. Carolyn R. Bertozzi on the topic of lab safety, blogger Keroles B. Riad digs into the interplay between safety, liability, and universities’ academic mission.
Keroles B. Riad
Recyclable by design
Renewable bio-based chemicals are being used to build next-generation plastics.
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES | ENGINEERING
Science and bicycling meet in a new helmet design
The design has a shape that allows flexing almost immediately when force is applied.
61st Electronic Materials Conference (EMC 2019)
June 26-28, 2019 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available
REGISTER BY JUNE 7 AND SAVE!
13th International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors 2019 (ICNS-13)
July 7-12, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington
REGISTER BY JUNE 14 AND SAVE!
Journal of Materials Research
Call for Papers: Early career scholars in materials science 2020
SUBMISSION DEADLINE—June 1, 2019
Call for Papers: Advances in battery technology: Material innovations in design and fabrication
SUBMISSION DEADLINE—July 1, 2019
Carole Perry, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Standing at the frontier of the nanoworld: A field emission gun-scanning electron microscope image of ZnO precipitated from aqueous solution. Image is unmodified.
A Finalist from the Science as Art competition at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting.
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Materials360 is edited by Judy Meiksin, News Editor, Materials Research Society.