News tagged with functional materials

Reduced ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations

So far, research on the environmental impact of oil palm cultivation has been scattered and patchy. Synthesizing about 1000 scientific studies and reports, the scientists were now able to give a balanced report on the changes ...

dateAug 15, 2016 in Environment
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Graphene oxide 'paper' changes with strain

The same slip-and-stick mechanism that leads to earthquakes is at work on the molecular level in nanoscale materials, where it determines the shear plasticity of the materials, according to scientists at Rice University ...

dateJan 19, 2016 in Nanomaterials
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Conductor turned insulator amid disorder

Some materials that are inherently disordered display unusual conductivity, sometimes behaving like insulators and sometimes like conductors. Physicists have now analysed the conductivity in a special class of disordered ...

dateDec 02, 2015 in Condensed Matter
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