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Determining the crystal directions in black phosphorus

Orientation can be either “armchair” or “zigzag”.

Magnetic exchange field reaches new high in 2D electron systems

The large MEF induced by magnetic insulators might be used to control the spin in spintronics devices made from 2D materials.

Quinones and graphite make green battery

Device could be used to store energy from renewable sources.

Nanowires for better photoelectrochemical cells

New work could improve photoelectrodes for solar-driven water splitting.

Negative NV charge states could make good fluorescent probes

Nitrogen vacancy centre in nanodiamond could be used to monitor variations in electrochemical potential.

Multimetal oxy-hydroxides make good OER catalysts

(with video) Toronto researchers have made the best oxygen-evolving reaction catalysts yet.

$17.8 million awarded for 2D materials research at Penn State University

(with audio) The National Science Foundation in the US has announced the award of $17.8 million dollars to Penn State University for the development of a 2D materials user facility

Layered graphene oxide hosts lithium metal anodes

Stanford researchers have solved the ‘infinite relative volume change’ problem that plagues lithium metal.

Graphene patch detects glucose in sweat

The device can also deliver metformin – a drug used to treat diabetes – through the skin.

How do quantum dots transfer energy to 2D materials?

New experiments reveal surprising behaviour on the nanoscale.

Infiltrated water weakens catalysts

Fuel-cell catalysts and other nanomaterial applications may benefit from solvent processes that remove intercalated water.

'Imprint control' makes better BTO films

New technique may be a simple, yet powerful strategy to improve the functional properties of ferroelectric films.

Nanowires bend into spirals and helical coils

Harvard researchers extend “Plateau–Rayleigh” crystal growth technique to synthesize complex 1, 2 and 3D shapes.

OLEDs benefit from organic electron injection material

An organic radical has been successfully harnessed to improve OLED efficiency and stability for the first time.

Hot nano-pen writes reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns

New technique could be used to fabricate a new generation of computing and sensing devices.

Majorana 'zero modes' spotted in superconducting nanowires

Topological protection could lead to better quantum computers.

Origami tiles take shape

Structures could be used as stimuli-responsive nanomaterials for controlled drug delivery.

Chiral nanoparticles self-assemble into superstructures

Nanoscale semiconducting particles are biomimetic and could be used, for example, to make better antibacterial and antiviral drugs in the future.

Atomic layer lithography makes ultrasmall apertures

Coaxial nanostructures could find use in applications such as nonlinear optics, optical trapping and surface-enhanced spectroscopy.

Improving the mass detection performance of NEMS

New technique diagnoses problems linked to frequency fluctuations in nanomechanical resonators.