The demand continues for materials that are stronger, cheaper, lighter, more conductive – simply better.

Illustration of graphene structure

Following atoms in real time could lead to better materials design

12 Apr 2021

Researchers have used a technique similar to MRI to follow the movement of individual atoms in real time as they cluster together to form two-...

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Illustration of the magnetic structure of FePS3

‘Magnetic graphene’ forms a new kind of magnetism

08 Feb 2021

Researchers have identified a new form of magnetism in so-called magnetic graphene, which could point the way toward understanding superconductivity...

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Magnetic vortices come full circle

30 Nov 2020

The first experimental observation of three-dimensional magnetic ‘vortex rings’ provides fundamental insight into intricate nanoscale structures...

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Light bulbs

New green materials could power smart devices using ambient light

17 Nov 2020

Researchers have developed environmentally friendly materials that could harvest enough energy from indoor light to power wireless smart devices.

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Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

27 Oct 2020

Gold nanotubes – tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair – could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by...

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Easy-to-make, ultra-low-power electronics could charge out of thin air

13 Oct 2020

Researchers have developed a new approach to printed electronics that allows ultra-low-power electronic devices which could recharge from ambient...

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Squeezing light

Squeezing light inside memory devices could help improve performance

05 Oct 2020

Researchers have developed a method to ‘squeeze’ visible light in order to see inside tiny memory devices. The technique will allow researchers to...

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Fibre sensor attached to face covering

3D-printed ‘invisible’ fibres can sense breath, sound, and biological cells

30 Sep 2020

From capturing your breath to guiding biological cell movements, 3D printing of tiny, transparent conducting fibres could be used to make devices...

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Drying droplets

Coffee stains inspire optimal printing technique for electronics

12 Aug 2020

Using an alcohol mixture, researchers modified how ink droplets dry, enabling cheap industrial-scale printing of electronic devices at unprecedented...

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Printed coatings enable more efficient solar cells

09 Jul 2020

Researchers at Cambridge, Imperial and Singapore have developed a method to print ultrathin coatings on next-generation solar cells, allowing them to...

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Cell ‘membrane on a chip’ could speed up screening of drug candidates for COVID-19

06 Jul 2020

Researchers have developed a human cell ‘membrane on a chip’ that allows continuous monitoring of how drugs and infectious agents interact with our...

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An advanced prototype of the PoliValve

New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery

29 Jun 2020

A new type of artificial heart valve, made of long-lived polymers, could mean that millions of patients with diseased heart valves will no longer...

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