ANIMATION In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications. Thanh Nguyen is in the habit of breaking down barriers. Take languages, for instance: Nguyen, a third-year doctoral candidate in nuclear science and engineering (NSE), wanted “to […]

Pictural representation of the molecule-based magnet and its magnetic properties. Credit: Rodolphe Clérac Magnets are to be found everywhere in our daily lives, whether in satellites, telephones or on fridge doors. However, they are made up of heavy inorganic materials whose component elements are, in some cases, of limited availability. […]

Based on different commercially available raw materials (e.g., TiO2-mica, Fe2O3-mica), a variety of all-natural bioinspired structural materials with different colors can be fabricated. Credit: GUAN Qingfang Modern life relies closely on plastics, even though the petroleum-based production creates serious environmental challenges. The industry opts out to use sustainable materials due […]

From medicine to space travel, Chuck Hoberman’s shape-shifting is expanding scientific research. A sneak peek at Hoberman’s latest prototype: a sphere that transforms shape, size and color by turning itself inside out. (Credit: Yana  This story originally appeared in the December issue of Discover magazine as “Scientist in Toyland.” Support our science […]

In their research, the researchers also demonstrated the peculiarity of a new type of “Bad metals,” called “Hund’s metals,” important for a class of iron-based materials. Scientists believe that these materials are particularly interesting because they are superconductive and rather malleable, which makes them highly suited to technological applications. Credit: […]

A high-power microscopic image of the skeleton from Turbinaria peltata shows a pattern of both ion-attachment (in blue) and nanoparticle attachment (in green) of new minerals to the skeleton, indicating that both systems are used to build coral skeletons. Credit: Courtesy of Pupa Gilbert Coral reefs are vibrant communities that […]

Krebs cycle metabolites fall in energy-rich carbon feedstock. Credit: Issey Takahashi Scientists from Nagoya University have achieved a breakthrough in converting energy-deficient metabolites to a biorenewable resource thanks to a versatile catalyst. The imminent environmental crisis calls for an urgent transition to a green economy. A team of scientists at […]

3D model of the active center of the catalyst Titanium Silicalite -1 with the titanium pair (light grey). Credit: ETH Zürich Activity of the industrial catalyst TS-1 relies on titanium pairs/Important discovery for catalyst development. ‘Titanium silicalite-1’ (TS-1) is not a new catalyst: It has been almost 40 years since […]

An artist’s impression showing the incorporation of single photon emitters during hBN growth. Credit: Trong Toan Tran Study helps unlock chemical structure in defects that emit single photons. Systems which can emit a stream of single photons, referred to as quantum light sources, are critical hardware components for emerging technologies […]

Combining distinctive properties of two-dimensional materials inspires research to reveal a new frontrunner. Evolutionary search has helped scientists predict the lowest energy structure of a two-dimensional (2D) material, B2P6, with some remarkable features, including structural anisotropy and Janus geometry. Janus materials—named after the two-faced Greek god of duality—have two surfaces […]