MRS Bulletin Materials News Podcast

MRS Bulletin Materials News Podcast

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Materials News podcast by MRS Bulletin provides breakthrough news & interviews with researchers on hot topics including biomaterials, quantum materials, artificial intelligence, sustainability, perovskites, and robotics. Produced by the Materials Resea…


8: Atomic defects form quantum emitters in hBN
Apr 29 • 5 min
Optical and transmission electron microscopies locate origin of photonic emissions in quantum material.
7: Microneedle array key to deliver vaccine against COVID-19
Apr 14 • 5 min
A skin patch enables fast and cheap delivery of a vaccine against COVID-19.
6: Catalyst design speeds up CO2 conversion to carbon products
Mar 30 • 4 min
CO2 is converted into useful hydrocarbons through a catalyst-ionomer architecture.
5: Coupled-QD system in graphene reveals puzzling charging patterns
Mar 16 • 4 min
Accepted models of quantum dot physics do not explain the behavior of a nested QD structure found in graphene.
4: Toxic bromate removed from drinking water
Feb 27 • 5 min
For clean drinking water, researchers develop covalent organic frameworks to remove bromate.
3: E.coli evolved to eat CO2
Feb 13 • 5 min
On the path to sustainability, researchers engineer E. coli to use CO2 as its sole carbon source.
2: AI steers autonomous x-ray scattering experiments
Jan 29 • 3 min
Artificial intelligence algorithm directs x-ray scattering to map the boundaries of a droplet where nanoparticles segregate.
1: Strain engineering guided by machine learning
Jan 13 • 6 min
Machine learning aids in elastic strain engineering of semiconductor materials at the nanoscale.
24: Gold nanoparticles modify electrical behavior inside living cells
Dec 18, 2019 • 3 min
Researchers have found a way to manipulate the electrical behavior of living cells - wirelessly.
23: Spin-triplet superconductivity discovered in uranium ditelluride
Nov 21, 2019 • 4 min
Discovery of spin-triplet superconductivity in UTe2 makes is favorable for topological quantum computing.
22: NV center qubits engineered optically for quantum computers
Nov 21, 2019 • 4 min
With ultrashort pulse laser processing, researchers can create an NV center in the intended site in synthetic diamond just about 100% of the time.
21: Cold fusion revisited
Oct 29, 2019 • 22 min
A revisit of cold fusion yields new insights into highly hydrided metals and low-energy nuclear reactions.
20: Research highlights: Perovskites
Oct 15, 2019 • 5 min
Advances in perovskite materials research are happening at a breathtaking pace.
19: Polymer grown on liquid metal nanodroplets
Sep 19, 2019 • 4 min
The synthesis of EGaIn nanodroplets stabilized by polymeric ligand encapsulation may be useful in soft robotics.
18: Organic high-spin material conducive for quantum computing
Sep 11, 2019 • 4 min
Conjugated polymer semiconductor exhibits properties that could integrate conventional electronics and spintronics.
17: Lead-halide perovskites make effective catalysts for organic synthesis
Aug 26, 2019 • 1 min
Colloids of MAPbBr3 and CsPb Br3 are 1000× as effective as iridium- and ruthenium-based catalysts for catalyzing the α-alkylation of aldehydes.
16: Thermoelectrics enables clothes with adjustable temperature
Aug 16, 2019 • 5 min
Clothes with personalized heating and cooling is made possible with a novel design of double elastomer layers and high-ZT rigid thermoelectric pillars.
15: 3D stretchable electronics achieves ultrahigh conductivity
Aug 7, 2019 • 3 min
3D helical copper micro-interconnects embedded in a rubber substrate results in stretchable electronics that withstand strains of 100% for thousands of cycles.
14: Thin film patterns classified by machine learning
Jul 22, 2019 • 4 min
Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) designed to classify nanoparticle orientation in a thin film by learning scattering patterns.
13: Tendril-like robot inspired by plants
Jul 2, 2019 • 5 min
This tendril-like soft robot is being designed to explore unknown areas just like a plant does.
12: Europium thwarts reactivity in metal-halide perovskite solar cells
Jun 25, 2019 • 1 min
The addition of the rare-earth europium ion pair Eu3+-Eu2+ enables a device power efficiency of 21.52%.
11: Nanoparticle megalibraries enable materials discovery
Jun 12, 2019 • 5 min
Megalibraries of nanoparticles speed up the discovery of materials structures with desired properties.
10: Protein-based polymer achieves green electronics
May 7, 2019 • 5 min
Silk is used for making flexible, eco-friendly electronics, called “fleco-ionics.”
9: E-skin detects direction of applied pressure
May 3, 2019 • 5 min
E-skin covered in sensors can sense force from multiple directions.
8: Ge added to lead-free perovskite improves efficiency
Apr 19, 2019 • 1 min
The extremely high oxidation activity of Ge forms an ultrathin, uniform oxide layer that passivates perovskite surfaces, increasing their stability.
7: Synthetic biology exploited to neutralize mustard gas
Apr 12, 2019 • 3 min
Protoporphyrin IX tethered inside a highly porous metal-organic framework detoxifies mustard gas.
6: Chlorine boosts efficiency of tandem solar cell
Mar 25, 2019 • 1 min
Researchers have made an all-perovskite tandem solar cell with a record high power-conversion efficiency of 21%.
5: Artificial neuron made from VO2
Mar 11, 2019 • 4 min
An artificial neuron made from vanadium dioxide precisely mimics the behavior of normal and faulty neurons in the brain. This could have important implications for neuroscience.
4: Can metal-halide perovskite solar cells be used for concentrated PV devices?
Feb 21, 2019 • 1 min
Researchers found that the efficiency of their device went up from 21.1% to a peak of 23.6% when simulated sunlight was increased to 14 times the standard irradiance of 1 Sun.
3: 3D-printed implant designed to repair spinal injuries
Feb 13, 2019 • 3 min
Using 4 million microscopic mirrors, an implant made to repair spinal cord injuries in rats can be fabricated in a matter of seconds vs hours.
2: Optoelectronic properties of perovskites tunable due to reversible surface relaxation
Jan 25, 2019 • 2 min
Researchers reveal what makes properties of two-dimensional perovskites differ at molecularly thin dimensions.
1: How reduced-dimensional metal halide perovskites are formed
Jan 15, 2019 • 2 min
Key insights provided into the formation of layered 2D perovskite films known as Ruddlesden-Popper phases.