New form of superhard carbon observed
An amorphous diamond one that lacks the crystalline structure of diamond, but is every bit as hard has been created by a Stanford-led team of researchers.
'Superstructured' solar cells achieve record efficiency of 10.9%
Novel organic metal hybrids that will revolutionize materials science and chemical engineering
A novel class of hybrid materials made from metals and organic compounds is changing the face of solid state chemistry and materials science just 10 years after its discovery, with applications already in safe storage of ...
Surprising turns in magnetic thin films could lead to better data storage
A magnetic phenomenon newly discovered by MIT researchers could lead to much faster, denser and more energy-efficient chips for memory and computation.
Study looks at blue light-emitting diodes
Japanese scientists have proposed a solution to the puzzle of why blue light-emitting diodes are so bright.
Pair claim they have turned hydrogen to metal
How crystal becomes a conductor
Squeeze a crystal of manganese oxide hard enough, and it changes from an electrical insulator to a conductive metal. In a report published online this week by the journal Nature Materials, researchers use computational modeli ...
'Darker-than-black' metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells
Researchers build 3-D structures out of liquid metal
(Phys.org) —Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology and techniques to create free-standing structures made of liquid metal at room temperature.
Inverse Woodpile Structure Has Extremely Large Photonic Band Gap
As many homeowners know, when stacking firewood, pieces should be placed close enough to permit passage of a mouse, but not of a cat chasing the mouse.
'Impossible' conductivity explained
(PhysOrg.com) -- Bring two materials that are not themselves conductive into contact and, exactly at their interface, something remarkable happens: at that precise point, conduction is possible.
An impossible alloy now possible
What has been impossible has now been shown to be possible - an alloy between two incompatible elements. The findings are being published in this week's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA.
Metal Becomes Transparent Under High Pressure
An international team of scientists have discovered a transparent form of the element sodium (Na). The team, led by Artem Oganov, Professor of Theoretical Crystallography at Stony Brook University, and Yanming ...
Ancient Mayans Inspire Modern Fade Proof Dye
Physicists have created a dye that promises to last for a thousand years. The secret to this extraordinary durability? Its formula is based on a Mayan pigment, a brilliant blue color that survives to this ...